Patient Navigation Intervention
Through funding from Avon, Dr. Battaglia utilized the principles of patient navigation as defined by Dr. Freeman to conduct a similar study in Boston with women for timely follow up after an abnormal mammogram. The study assigned the participants a full time patient navigator to support the patients using the care management model. Timely follow-up of the participants was assessed utilizing data from computer registries, medical records and patient interviews. The study found that the patient navigation intervention improved timeliness of follow up care for the women. The Women’s Health unit has received continued funding from Avon for the past 13 years.
Battaglia, T. A., Roloff, K., Posner, M. A., & Freund, K. M. (2007). Improving follow‐up to abnormal breast cancer screening in an urban population. Cancer, 109(S2), 359-367.