Effects of nurse navigators on health outcomes of cancer patients

Taewha Lee, Ilsun Ko, Insook Lee, Eunhyun Kim, Mikyong Shin, Sunghoon Roh, Dongsup Yoon, Seungho Choi, Hangseok Chang

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Abstract

Background: Care coordination has received increased attention in recent years because it critically affects patient safety and care quality across services and settings. Objective: The effectiveness of systematically developed nurse navigator interventions for newly diagnosed cancer patients was evaluated. Methods: Seventy-eight patients participated in a nonequivalent control group pretest-posttest design study. The study design spanned a 3-month period for all participants. Patient outcome measures included quality of life, satisfaction with care, and length of hospital stay. Results: Participants in the experimental program reported significant increases in several components of quality of life and with satisfaction with care and experienced fewer hospital stay days compared with the control group. Conclusion: This study provides evidence that standardized nurse navigator programs can improve patient outcomes in cancer care. Implications for Practice: Positive outcomes of the reduced length of stay and improved quality of life and patient satisfaction may help transform the cancer care delivery model toward more nurse-initiated cost-effective model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-384
Number of pages9
JournalCancer Nursing
Volume34
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sep 1

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Quality of Life
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Neoplasms
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Patient Safety
Patient Satisfaction
Patient Care
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Costs and Cost Analysis

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  • Oncology
  • Oncology(nursing)

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Lee, Taewha ; Ko, Ilsun ; Lee, Insook ; Kim, Eunhyun ; Shin, Mikyong ; Roh, Sunghoon ; Yoon, Dongsup ; Choi, Seungho ; Chang, Hangseok. / Effects of nurse navigators on health outcomes of cancer patients. In: Cancer Nursing. 2011 ; Vol. 34, No. 5. pp. 376-384.
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Effects of nurse navigators on health outcomes of cancer patients. / Lee, Taewha; Ko, Ilsun; Lee, Insook; Kim, Eunhyun; Shin, Mikyong; Roh, Sunghoon; Yoon, Dongsup; Choi, Seungho; Chang, Hangseok.

In: Cancer Nursing, Vol. 34, No. 5, 01.09.2011, p. 376-384.

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