Nurse Navigators Help Cancer Patients Cope Early in Care

When Group Health patients received support from a nurse navigator soon after a cancer diagnosis, they had better experiences and fewer problems with their care – particularly in health information, care coordination and psychological and social care – according to a randomized controlled trial published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

As a result of the research, Group Health has incorporated an oncology nurse navigator into usual care for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer at its Capitol Hill campus. Also, the Group Health Foundation has awarded the lead researchers with a Partnership for Innovation grant to implement and evaluate a peer support program for women with breast cancer.