Mentor/Fellow Article

Modeling a Better Way: Navigating the Healthcare System for Patients With Lung Cancer

Amy J. Seek

William P. Hogle

nurse navigator, healthcare providers
CJON 2007, 11(1), 81-85. DOI: 10.1188/07.CJON.81-85

The coordination of services for patients with suspected or newly diagnosed lung cancer produces improved patient outcomes, particularly in their quality of life. Evidence-based practice demonstrates improved outcomes from the multimodality therapies offered today, especially for patients with lung cancer; however, navigating through the healthcare system is especially challenging for patients. In developing the Multidisciplinary Lung Cancer Clinic at Frederick Memorial Hospital, navigation challenges in the healthcare system have been addressed. Patients are receptive and pleased with the approach, in which a nurse practitioner coordinates services and provides guidance and support for patients. The program offers benefits to patients with lung cancer in the community hospital setting. A similar program can be implemented in community cancer centers for patients with other diagnoses to improve outcomes and satisfaction with the healthcare system.

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