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Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2010 Aug;14(4):405-7. doi: 10.1188/10.CJON.405-407.

Evolution of patient navigation.

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  • Departments of Surgery and Gynecology, School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA. shockli@jhmi.edu


The role of nurses in patient navigation has evolved over more than four decades. Navigators in cancer care can guide patients through the physical, emotional, and financial challenges that come with a diagnosis of cancer and facilitate communication among healthcare providers. Navigation has the potential to improve patient outcomes and system efficiency. Oncology nurses are well suited to help patients with cancer navigate the healthcare system from diagnosis and treatment through survivorship and palliative care.

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