Development of a national position statement on cancer patient navigation in Canada

Kristen Haase, Jennifer Anderson, Andrea Knox, Myriam Skrutkowski, Beth Snow, Lesley Moody, Zenith Pool, Kristina Vimy, Linda Watson


As the landscape of cancer care in Canada evolves, oncology nursing roles are developed to enhance the patient experience and address the changing needs of patients and families. Cancer Patient Navigation (CPN), an oncology nursing role focusing primarily on person-centred care coordination and system navigation, has become integral to providing high-quality cancer care in many Canadian jurisdictions. Since 2016, a national group of oncology nursing leaders have been engaged in convening and catalyzing our understanding of the role of patient navigation in the Canadian cancer context with the purpose of developing a national position statement on CPN. In this paper, we provide a historical analysis of the development of the forthcoming Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO) position statement on CPN. We present an analysis of participant feedback from workshops at the 2016, 2017, and 2018 conferences, and meeting minutes from the National working group over this same time period. This paper serves as a concise historical summary of the evolution of CPN in Canada while providing a template for other groups looking to develop a consensus-based position statement.

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