Guide for implementing navigation in cancer care

Read this September 2012 report for key learnings about navigation from national activities in implementation and evaluation

Read this September 2012 report for key learnings about navigation from national activities in implementation and evaluation

This report offers key learnings about navigation from national activities in implementation, evaluation, resource development and collaboration.

Also learn about the four different modes of navigation:

  • Professional
  • Peer or lay
  • Online (self or virtual)
  • System-based

Navigation in cancer care can be defined as “a proactive, intentional process of collaborating with a person and his or her family to provide guidance as they negotiate the maze of treatments, services and potential barriers throughout the cancer journey” (Cancer Journey Action Group, 2010).

Many provinces now recognize navigation as a key component of an integrated system of cancer care. Navigation is also an effective way to improve the delivery of person-centred care. Interest is growing around navigation programs as ways to improve cancer care’s coordination, continuity and access.

From 2008 to 2012, the Partnership’s Strategic Initiative Toward Integrated Person-Centred Cancer Care aimed to enhance delivery of cancer-care services. The initiative supported innovative practices in three areas:

  1. Navigation
  2. Screening for distress
  3. Survivorship

As well, the initiative supported many national activities to advance the field of navigation by developing reliable evidence, best practices and collaboration.

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