Patient Navigators Positively Impact Breast Cancer Patient Care
By Department of Radiation & Biomedical Imaging | Radiology.UCSF.edu | March 13, 2020
A group of breast imaging radiologists at the UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, the Cleveland Medical Center Department of Radiology and the Mayo Clinic Department of Radiology set out to assess the utilization of patient navigators at breast imaging facilities across the country. Amie Lee, MD, assistant professor of Clinical Radiology in the Breast Imaging Section at UCSF Radiology and Bonnie Joe, MD, PhD (section chief), led this multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional effort. She was joined by colleagues Elissa Price, MD, Jessica Hayward, MD, and Sueann Mark, PhD, RN, CNS.
To gather information, an online survey was distributed to physician members of the Society of Breast Imaging. Questions asked encompassed use of patient navigators in breast imaging including presence and qualifications, roles in patient care, perceived benefits and barriers. Data gathered were analyzed to identify the overall prevalence of patient navigators, their responsibilities and qualifications, and the impact on breast imaging centers.