Navigation programs, are they helpful for perioperative care with thyroid cancer patients?

K. A. Park, Y. J. Oh, K. M. Kim, S. Y. Eum, M. H. Cho, Y. H. Son, S. H. Park, K. M. Woo, Y. S. Lee, S. Kim, H. S. Chang, C. S. Park

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The purpose of this study was to develop and evaluate a navigation program for patients with thyroid cancer. The navigation program was developed following an analysis of the unmet needs of patients who underwent surgery for thyroid cancer. Ninety-nine patients in the control group received usual care, and 95 in the navigation group were managed with a navigation program during the perioperative period. The effectiveness of the navigation program was assessed by administering a questionnaire to both groups. Overall satisfaction scores were significantly higher in the navigation than in the control group (p =.025), as were satisfaction scores on the continuity of information (p <.001), the continuity of management (p =.002), the continuity of relationships with healthcare providers (p<.001), and patient empowerment (p <.001). The newly developed navigation program for patients with thyroid cancer was effective in raising satisfaction levels and in actively managing the disease during the perioperative period.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12592
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer Care
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jul

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  • Oncology


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