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Implementation and maintenance of patient navigation programs linking primary care with community-based health and social services: a scoping literature review

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Health Services Research, February 2017
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Title
Implementation and maintenance of patient navigation programs linking primary care with community-based health and social services: a scoping literature review
Published in
BMC Health Services Research, February 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12913-017-2046-1
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Authors

Ruta K. Valaitis, Nancy Carter, Annie Lam, Jennifer Nicholl, Janice Feather, Laura Cleghorn

Abstract

Since the early 90s, patient navigation programs were introduced in the United States to address inequitable access to cancer care. Programs have since expanded internationally and in scope. The goals of patient navigation programs are to: a) link patients and families to primary care services, specialist care, and community-based health and social services (CBHSS); b) provide more holistic patient-centred care; and, c) identify and resolve patient barriers to care. This paper fills a gap in knowledge to reveal what is known about motivators and factors influencing implementation and maintenance of patient navigation programs in primary care that link patients to CBHSS. It also reports on outcomes from these studies to help identify gaps in research that can inform future studies. This scoping literature review involved: i) electronic database searches; ii) a web site search; iii) a search of reference lists from literature reviews; and, iv) author follow up. It included papers from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and/or Western Europe published between January 1990 and June 2013 if they discussed navigators or navigation programs in primary care settings that linked patients to CBHSS. Of 34 papers, most originated in the United States (n = 29) while the remainder were from the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. Motivators for initiating navigation programs were to: a) improve delivery of health and social care services; b) support and manage specific health needs or specific population needs, and; c) improve quality of life and wellbeing of patients. Eleven factors were found to influence implementation and maintenance of these patient navigation programs. These factors closely aligned with the Diffusion of Innovation in Service Organizations model, thus providing a theoretical foundation to support them. Various positive outcomes were reported for patients, providers and navigators, as well as the health and social care system, although they need to be considered with caution since the majority of studies were descriptive. This study contributes new knowledge that can inform the initiation and maintenance of primary care patient navigation programs that link patients with CBHSS. It also provides directions for future research.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 <1%
Unknown 182 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 36 20%
Student > Master 28 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 24 13%
Student > Bachelor 19 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 13 7%
Other 37 20%
Unknown 26 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 40 22%
Nursing and Health Professions 39 21%
Social Sciences 28 15%
Psychology 15 8%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 5 3%
Other 19 10%
Unknown 37 20%

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