The George Washington University Cancer Institute in Washington, D.C., has developed free, online training that covers the fundamentals of oncology patient navigation.
The comprehensive training was funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is evidence-based and supported by GW Cancer Institute’s research into patient navigation. It will cover a wide variety of topics, including:
- medical terminology;
- healthcare payment financing;
- role of the patient navigator in the collaborative healthcare team;
- patient advocacy; and
- ethics and patient rights.
Mandi Pratt-Chapman, MA, director of the GW Cancer Institute, said:
“Patient navigation addresses barriers to care, ultimately improving health outcomes. Training for patient navigation is usually in-person, expensive, and not necessarily evidence-based. Our training is accessible to anyone who is or wants to be a patient navigator and goes a long way in establishing standards of practice for the field. … This training will allow cancer centers and their institutions to keep pace with new patient navigation standards, raise the caliber of their patient navigation program, and protect themselves from potential legal liability.”
The launch of the online training followed an announcement earlier in the year by GW Cancer Institute about its publishing of core competencies for oncology patient navigators.