The Role of the Navigator in an Augmented Intelligence (AI) Supported on Utilization of Palliative Care Services in Oncology
Ajeet Gajra, MD, Yolaine Jeune-Smith, PhD, Amy Ellis, Kelly A. Miller, DNP, MPH, Danielle Bergman, RN, John Showalter, MD, Sibel Blau, MD
Timely integration of palliative care (PC) in the management of patients with advanced cancer is a quality benchmark in oncology. PC is often underutilized due to delayed identification and referral of appropriate patients.
We never want to think about the reality that our patients dealing with advanced cancers are going to eventually die of their disease or from the toxicities of its treatment. But they will. Commonly today there is avoidance on the part of treating physicians, generally medical oncologists, to embark on a discussion about end of life planning.
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