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Experiences of Non-Navigated Women Undergoing Breast Diagnostic Evaluation

Mariann M. Harding

Susan McCrone

patient navigation, breast cancer diagnosis
CJON 2013, 17(1), E8-E12. DOI: 10.1188/13.CJON.E8-E12

During the diagnostic period, women need appropriate, timely information regarding tests and procedures. Nurse navigator programs were developed to combat the negative effects on survival that are caused by delays in the diagnosis of breast cancer and lack of support from the healthcare team. Nurse navigators decreased barriers to care, increased patient satisfaction, and lowered anxiety in women undergoing diagnostic evaluation. However, although patient navigation programs have become a presence in oncology centers, those programs and the accompanying support are not offered at every facility that provides components of diagnostic evaluation. Therefore, the purpose of the current study was to explore the experiences of women who underwent a breast diagnostic evaluation without any accompanying navigation services.

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