Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Patience makes a good patient navigator

Patient Navigators are also known as Promotoras de Salud.

From Health

SAN ANTONIO — Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio have created a manual to motivate and guide health care providers across the nation to implement “patient navigation” services that can help Latino patients overcome barriers to timely health care.
The manual, developed by Redes En Acción: The National Latino Cancer Research Network, a National Cancer Institute program at the UT Health Science Center, touts the benefits of adding bilingual, bicultural patient navigators to clinics and health settings.

Patient navigators, often known as community health workers or promotoras, typically work in their own communities and clinics to convey information to neighbors and patients on health, wellness and access to support services.

The new manual outlines a step-by-step approach to help providers and groups learn about and consider adding navigators.

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