In the upcoming issue of the American Cancer Society's journal, Cancer, patient navigation is getting some long overdue validation.
The Summary: Among the patients in the study who did not receive navigation, unemployment and renting or unstable housing were associated with a longer time to diagnostic resolution (return for additional imaging, biopsy, etc) compared with those who were employed full-time and those who were homeowners. Never married and previously married patients also had a longer time to care than married participants.
On the contrary, among the participants who did receive navigation, there were no differences in the time to diagnostic resolution with any of the socioeconomic or household variables.
“These findings demonstrate the value of providing patient navigation to patients at high risk for delays in cancer care,” the authors concluded.