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kled by using "patient navigators"--people trained to help patients "navigate" through the complex health care system.

The research team, from the University of Texas and the National Cancer Institute, describe how the first patient navigator program at Harlem Hospital, New York, helped under-served patients to overcome barriers to obtaining prompt diagnostic and treatment services following abnormal or suspicious cancer screening tests.

In June 2005, the Patient Navigator Outreach and Chronic Disease Act of 2005 was enacted into public law in the United States, authorizing the Health Resources and Services Administration to administer a US$25 million program to provide patient navigator services with the goal of reducing barriers and improving health-care outcomes. Patient navigators will be recruited, trained, and employed to provide services to under-served populations.

Citation: Fowler T, Steakley C, Garcia AR, Kwok J, Bennett LM (2006) Reducing disparities in the burden of cancer: The role of patient navigators. PLoS Med 3(7): e193.

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