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Patient navigation: exploring the role in community outreach, timeliness of care, and future use in palliative/end-of-life care

Gentile, Jared (2014) Patient navigation: exploring the role in community outreach, timeliness of care, and future use in palliative/end-of-life care. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Abstract

The term “Patient Navigation” was first coined in 1990 by Harold P. Freeman M.D. after he developed the first navigation program to reduce disparities in oncology treatment. After a $2.5 million grant was received in 2007, the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute (HPFPNI) offered training to other organizations creating patient navigation standards and best practices. Since the development of the patient navigator position, many institutions have tried to mimic Dr. Freeman’s efforts in creating similar programs while other providers have dismissed the position of patient navigators as glorified case manager. Based on the newly formed Allegheny Health Network of Western Pennsylvania, a Highmark Inc. subsidiary, this case study will provide additional evidence supporting patient navigation and its role in improving the quality of oncology care while creating a financially stable practice. Throughout this study, the multiple facets of patient navigation are explained. Allegheny Health Network’s Department of Oncology evaluated two internal initiatives improving outreach navigation and treatment timeliness. In addition a review of Highmark’s Advanced Illness Service (AIS) pilot program’s will shed light on future area’s patient navigation may be useful. Patient navigation, if proven to advance the delivery of oncology care will provide public health significance in the oncology field and has the potential to be utilized across all high-risk populations subject to patients’ chronic conditions. As the Affordable Care Act aims to insure all American, notably the aging baby boomer generation, new strategies will need to be employed to significantly improve and maintain public health across the United States.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Gentile, Jared
Contributors:
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairRohrer, Wesleywmrun@pitt.eduWMRUNUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberHawk, Marymeh96@pitt.eduMEH96UNSPECIFIED
Date: December 2014
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: December 2014
Submission Date: 23 November 2014
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MHA - Master of Health Administration
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Patient, Navigation
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2015 16:55
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2021 11:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22481

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