Journal of Cancer Education

, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 649–657

Innovative Approaches to Reducing Cancer Health Disparities

The Moffitt Cancer Center Patient Navigator Research Program
  • Kristen J. Wells
  • Cathy D. Meade
  • Ercilia Calcano
  • Ji-Hyun Lee
  • Desiree Rivers
  • Richard G. Roetzheim
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s13187-011-0238-7

Cite this article as:
Wells, K.J., Meade, C.D., Calcano, E. et al. J Canc Educ (2011) 26: 649. doi:10.1007/s13187-011-0238-7

Abstract

The Moffitt Cancer Center Patient Navigation Research Program (Moffitt PNRP) is evaluating the efficacy of patient navigation in reducing delays from screening abnormality to diagnostic resolution of a breast or colorectal abnormality. The Moffitt PNRP was conducted in three phases: (1) developing an acceptable, appealing, and culturally appropriate patient navigation program; (2) conducting a group randomized controlled trial to evaluate the patient navigation program; and (3) disseminating research findings and Moffitt PNRP intervention model. The patient navigation program was developed through significant formative research, input from the Moffitt PNRP Community Advisory Board, and through a close collaboration with the Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network. 1367 patients were enrolled in the Phase 2 group randomized trial of the Moffitt PNRP. Most Moffitt PNRP group randomized trial participants are Hispanic, female, and Spanish speaking, with minimal education and income. Analyses are currently being conducted to evaluate efficacy of the Moffitt PNRP.

Keywords

Breast cancerPatient navigationColorectal cancer

Copyright information

© Springer 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristen J. Wells
    • 1
  • Cathy D. Meade
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ercilia Calcano
    • 2
  • Ji-Hyun Lee
    • 1
    • 4
  • Desiree Rivers
    • 3
  • Richard G. Roetzheim
    • 1
  1. 1.University of South Florida College of MedicineTampaUSA
  2. 2.H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research InstituteTampaUSA
  3. 3.Center for Equal HealthTampaUSA
  4. 4.H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research InstituteTampaUSA