Patient Navigation in the Safety Net:CONNECTeDD
Recruitment status was Active, not recruiting
The Boston University Medical Center, funded by the National Cancer Institutes will train health workers at six of its affiliated Community Health Centers to guide patients through the cancer care system. The project will help to teach patients how to communicate more effectively with their health care team in order to understand the treatment options available to them. Although not widely available, it is believed patient navigation programs are beneficial.
This research study will evaluate how well this tool works, especially among those who experience disparities in health care. The goal is to determine if having a trained navigator shortens the time between an abnormal test result and a definitive diagnosis and between a definitive diagnosis and completion of treatment for breast and Cervical cancer patients. The project also will evaluate whether navigation improves the ability to communicate with the doctor, satisfaction with patient's care and quality of life.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
|Official Title:||Patient Navigation in the Safety Net:CONNECTeDD|
- Develop,implement and evaluate a primary care-based,patient navigation program using patient navigators in the Community Health Centers. We will investigate the effect of this intervention on timing and quality of cancer-related care [ Time Frame: 4 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Secondary aims examine the impact of navigation on disparities in care, improvement in patient activation and total costs [ Time Frame: 4 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||July 2005|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||June 2011|
|Primary Completion Date:||June 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Other: patient Navigation
Racial and ethnic minority groups and low-income persons experience significantly higher cancer mortality rates than other Americans. These disparities are due to at least two factors: (1) delays in follow-up of abnormal cancer screening results and (2) suboptimal management of diagnosed cancer. Patient navigation represents a promising means for addressing disparities by improving cancer related management for minority and other underserved populations. However, patient navigation for cancer has yet to be evaluated through a well-designed randomized controlled trial. Furthermore, patient navigation is likely to prove most effective and sustainable when it is integrated into primary care and helps patients be more active in their care. This combination of patient empowerment and engagement is referred to as "activation." The aim of this project is to evaluate the effectiveness and costs of such a program in a rigorous manner so that the results can be generalized and the program can be widely disseminated and implemented. We will develop, implement, and evaluate a primary care-based, patient navigation-activation program using specially-trained patient Navigators who work within one of the six affiliated Community Health Centers. We propose to investigate the effect of this intervention on timing and quality of cancer-related care. Secondary aims examine the impact of navigation on disparities in care, improvement in patient activation, and total costs. Project findings will inform national policy regarding patient navigation for cancer.
|United States, Massachusetts|
|Boston Medical Center|
|Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02118|
|Principal Investigator:||Karen M Freund, MD, MPH||Boston Medical Center|
|Principal Investigator:||Tracy Battaglia, MD, MPH||Boston Medical Center|