Traditional Navigation Models
Patient navigation was originally designed to address disparities in care found particularly in poor and underserved populations by improving timely access to screening, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Traditionally, navigators focused on the removal of physical barriers to obtaining health care. More recently, navigation has broadened its scope to include access to psychosocial care and assistance throughout the entire cancer experience.
Integrative Oncology Navigation is a patient-centered, whole person healthcare service delivery model. Integrative Navigators reduce barriers to cancer care and provide education, guidance, and support to patients and their caregivers across the cancer continuum. Additionally, Integrative Navigators provide education and support in the responsible selection and use of appropriate, evidence-based complementary therapies alongside conventional medical treatment.