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According to Vicki Kennedy, early research indicates that psychosocial support can provide cost-savings by reducing hospital readmissions, decreased emergency department visits, and better utilization of staff. There are many groups doing research to determine the cost-effectiveness of these new patient standards.
According to Vicki Kennedy, practice and clinical managers can play a vital role in identifying patient needs and in providing information about resources available to patients. Practice and clinical managers can help bring resource information into the practice and make it readily available to patients.
Lillie Shockney suggests that one of the best ways for navigators to access resources for their patients is by looking to options available in their community.
Beginning a navigation program can be intimidating, and there is no one program that fits every institution. Lillie recommends visiting other institutions that have established programs as a starting point. She also explains that practices need to look at their own operations management process in order to determine what will work best for their institution.
Although it is no small task, Lillie explains that achieving the Commission on Cancer Accreditation is important and offers the benefit of becoming an NCI-designated cancer center. This is something savvy consumers are looking for when seeking cancer care.
Lillie discusses the disadvantages for institutions that are not Commission on Cancer accredited, including difficulties drawing newly diagnosed consumers and referring physicians to the practice. The accreditation requires the practice to meet certain standards that are important to cancer care and survivorship.
In addition to visiting other institutions that have established navigation programs, Lillie explains that AONN+ is an excellent resource for establishing navigation programs. As a professional organization with a membership of navigators, they have information about how to train navigators, how to continue education, and what new resources are available to break barriers.

BERLIN—The field of oncology has come a long way in improving communication between healthcare providers and their patients with cancer—that is, unless the patient happens to be an adolescent.

From diagnosis through treatment, profound deficits still remain in the care of this age group, according to several presentations at the Joint Congress of the European Cancer Organisation and European Society for Medical Oncology.

Interventions targeted to family caregivers of patients with cancer have modest but significant positive effects on coping ability and other caregiver outcomes, a new meta-analysis indicates.
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