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Effects of nurse navigators on health outcomes of cancer patients.

Authors
 Taewha Lee ; Ilsun Ko ; Hangseok Chang ; Seungho Choi ; Dongsup Yoon ; Sunghoon Roh ; Mikyong Shin ; Eunhyun Kim ; Insook Lee 
Citation
 Cancer Nursing, Vol.34(5) : 376~384, 2011 
Journal Title
 Cancer Nursing 
ISSN
 0162-220X 
Issue Date
2011
Abstract
BACKGROUND: Care coordination has received increased attention in recent years because it critically affects patient safety and care quality across services and settings. OBJECTIVE: The effectiveness of systematically developed nurse navigator interventions for newly diagnosed cancer patients was evaluated. METHODS: Seventy-eight patients participated in a nonequivalent control group pretest-posttest design study. The study design spanned a 3-month period for all participants. Patient outcome measures included quality of life, satisfaction with care, and length of hospital stay. RESULTS: Participants in the experimental program reported significant increases in several components of quality of life and with satisfaction with care and experienced fewer hospital stay days compared with the control group. CONCLUSION: This study provides evidence that standardized nurse navigator programs can improve patient outcomes in cancer care. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: Positive outcomes of the reduced length of stay and improved quality of life and patient satisfaction may help transform the cancer care delivery model toward more nurse-initiated cost-effective model.
URI
http://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/93884
DOI
10.1097/NCC.0b013e3182025007
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1. 연구논문 > 1. College of Medicine > Dept. of Surgery
1. 연구논문 > 3. College of Nursing > Dept. of Family Health Care
1. 연구논문 > 3. College of Nursing > Dept. of Nursing Environment Systems
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