Earlier this year, Oncology Nursing News sat down with Tricia Strusowski, MS, RN to talk about the roles oncology nurse navigators play in treatment, especially in the new value-based ecosystem.
Strusowski has worked as a community oncology navigator for many years and has experienced the transformation of navigation from a nebulous idea into a substantial aspect of quality patient care. Value-based care is primed for incorporating navigation into more specialties because of its focus on the entire spectrum of treatment as opposed to individual services. As obvious as it may seem, Strusowki believes that navigation needs to record the data to back that claim up:
We have to support our programs. We know navigation is good, but we have to have our metrics to demonstrate success. The wonderful thing is, there’s a tremendous amount of buy-in. Physicians and administrators realize that the navigator helps them reach their goal of patient- and family-centered care. It’s just really good care.
Further, a large swath of patients that sometimes are overlooked in navigation discussions is within the community health sphere. Value-based care is especially beneficial here, as sociocultural and economic factors often play into the lack of navigation:
Community cancer centers are where 80% of patients get their care … From my perspective, it’s very important that we help navigators and everybody involved with support services to help the patients, because it’s such a scary time for anybody diagnosed with cancer, let alone having to travel for 3 hours for treatment, having additional concerns, and lacking resources…
You can read the full interview from Oncology Nursing News here.