Top 3 Takeaways from December’s Facebook Live Event: “State of Clinical Trials and the Role of the Navigator”
The state of clinical trials has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In December’s Facebook Live event, experts highlighted the integral role of the navigator in providing assessment, education, and support for patients with cancer who are considering their clinical trial options.
Danielle Carnival believes that providing patients with the most up-to-date tools and resources about clinical trials is an essential part of doubling the rate of progress in the fight against cancer, and the Biden Cancer Initiative is focused on reaching a wide range of patients with this information.
One of the best roles a nurse navigator can incorporate into her daily routine when seeing a newly diagnosed patient is to begin educating the patient about clinical trials. All too often, patients associate the phrase “clinical trials” with “experimentation,” and, of course, this is not the case.
Not only are nurse navigators educating and supporting their patients about their upcoming cancer treatment; they are also becoming involved in clinical trial screening and education. How information is presented regarding clinical trials can directly influence whether a patient asked for more information and eventually signs on or passes on the opportunity to participate.
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