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Reducing Disparities in the Burden of Cancer: The Role of Patient Navigators

  • Tisha Fowler,
  • Caryn Steakley,
  • A. Roland Garcia,
  • Jennifer Kwok,
  • L. Michelle Bennett mail

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  • Published: July 11, 2006
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0030193

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Basic Questions

Posted by plosmedicine on 30 Mar 2009 at 23:57 GMT

Author: Ahmad A. Sabri
Position: Dr.
Institution: Unaffiliated
Additional Authors: Muhammad Ahad Qayyum
Submitted Date: July 31, 2006
Published Date: August 3, 2006
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Fowlers T, Steakley C, Garcia AR et al. have highlighted a very important topic which usually does not get significant attention. Though different aspects of patient navigation have been elucidated very elaborately, the information about the navigators, nature of the job and their recruitment seems to be deficient. Who are these navigators? Are they doctors, medical students, community health workers, social workers, relatives of patients or ordinary people? Whether they are volunteers or they are paid for this work? Is it a full time job or navigators can do it with other duties? How other people can become a navigator? The answers to these very basic questions are still unclear to me.

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