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J Oncol Pract. 2016 Jun;12(6):e633-42. doi: 10.1200/JOP.2015.008896. Epub 2016 May 10.

The Patient Care Connect Program: Transforming Health Care Through Lay Navigation.

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1
University of Alabama at Birmingham; and Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Birmingham, AL grocque@uabmc.edu.
2
University of Alabama at Birmingham; and Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Birmingham, AL.

Abstract

The Patient Care Connect Program (PCCP) is a lay patient navigation program, implemented by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System Cancer Community Network. The PCCP's goal is to provide better health and health care, as well as to lower overall expenditures. The program focuses on enhancing the health of patients, with emphasis on patient empowerment and promoting proactive participation in health care. Navigator training emphasizes palliative care principles and includes development of skills to facilitate advance care planning conversations. Lay navigators are integrated into the health care team, with the support of a nurse supervisor, physician medical director, and administrative champion. The intervention focuses on patients with high needs to reach those with the greatest potential for benefit from supportive services. Navigator activities are guided by frequent distress assessments, which help to identify patient concerns across multiple domains, triage patients to appropriate resources, and ultimately overcome barriers to health care. In this article, we describe the PCCP's development, infrastructure, selection and training of lay navigators, and program operations.

PMID:
27165489
PMCID:
PMC5702802
DOI:
10.1200/JOP.2015.008896
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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