The Center for Health Affairs Releases Patient Navigation Publication

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The Emerging Field of Patient Navigation: A Golden Opportunity to Improve Healthcare

The Emerging Field of Patient Navigation: A Golden Opportunity to Improve Healthcare

The Center for Health for Affairs’ latest publication, an issue brief entitled, The Emerging Field of Patient Navigation: A Golden Opportunity to Improve Healthcare, shines the spotlight on the growing field of patient navigation. Medical care has grown increasingly sophisticated, offering ever-more promise of successful treatment and positive outcomes for even some of the most devastating illnesses. Yet, for many patients realizing this promise is not as easy as it may seem. While it’s true that medical care is more sophisticated, it’s also more complex. Successful treatment means patients must painstakingly follow complicated care regimens return regularly to a variety of care providers and successfully cope with a host of challenges along the way. Patient navigation aims to ease this process for patients, helping them overcome roadblocks to care. This patient navigation publication examines the evolution of the field, how navigators benefit patients and the healthcare system and recent patient navigation developments in Northeast Ohio.

For more information on this patient navigation publication or to learn more about this emerging field, visit The Center for Health Affairs' website.

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The Center for Health Affairs is the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals, serving those organizations and others through a variety of advocacy and business management services. The Center also works to inform the public about issues that affect the delivery of health care. Formed by a visionary group of hospital leaders 96 years ago, The Center continues to operate on the principle that by working together hospitals can ensure the availability and accessibility of health care services. For more on The Center, go to http://www.chanet.org.

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