AONN+ Standardized Metrics

The culmination of a mission to create standardized metrics by which navigation programs can demonstrate outcomes and value, the AONN+ Navigation Metrics Toolkit provides guidance for putting the metrics into practice.

Danelle Johnston, MSN, RN, HON-ONN-CG, OCN, and Tricia Strusowski, RN, MS, recapped their recent presentation from the ACCC 46th Annual Meeting & Cancer Center Business Summit, in which they discussed the National Evidence-Based Oncology Navigation Metrics: Multisite Exploratory Study to Demonstrate Value and Sustainability of Navigation Programs. The study was launched in June 2018 as a collaborative effort between the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+), Chartis Oncology Solutions, and the American Cancer Society (ACS).

The authors report on the use of technology to reduce the administrative burden of tumor boards while improving the quality of care delivered.
The next phase of the AONN+ Metrics study is designed to evaluate common barriers and challenges navigation programs encounter during the implementation of the metrics.
Danielle Carnival recognizes that data standardization is a huge problem in cancer care, and notes that the AONN+ standardized navigation metrics are a giant step toward making progress in this area.
A thoughtful discussion on the development of the AONN+ metrics and the need to identify how these measures align with the national standards and indicators.
The authors present findings from a focus group assessing the current state of administrative engagement in individual navigation programs.
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