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Impact of an on-site versus remote patient navigator on pediatricians' referrals and families' receipt of resources for unmet social needs

E. Messmer, A. Brochier, M. Joseph, Y. Tripodis, A. Garg
J Prim Care Community Health

Background: Patient navigation is increasingly being used by pediatric health care delivery systems to address patients’ unmet social needs. However, it is not known whether navigators working remotely can be as effective at linking families to community resources as on-site navigators. The aim of this study was to assess whether a patient navigator located on-site versus remotely is more likely to receive referrals from clinicians, successfully follow-up with patients, and assist families with enrollment in social needs resources. Methods: A patient navigator worked on-site and remotely as she divided her time between 4 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) from May 2015 to June 2019. We conducted a 1-sample test of proportion comparing the proportion of on-site referrals made with the proportion of the week spent in each FQHC. To assess the impact of on-site versus remote referrals on number of contacts with a family, we conducted a 2-sample t test. We used chi-square testing to assess the effect of on-site versus remote status on resource enrollment. Results: Of the referrals (N = 414) made to the patient navigator, the majority were made through the electronic health record (83%) versus in person (17%) (P

Messmer E, Brochier A, Joseph M, Tripodis Y, Garg A. Impact of an on-site versus remote patient navigator on pediatricians' referrals and families' receipt of resources for unmet social needs. J Prim Care Community Health. 2020;11:2150132720924252. PMID: 32449443. DOI: 10.1177/2150132720924252.

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Publication year
Resource type
Peer Reviewed Research
Outcomes
Social Needs/ SDH
Population
Children and Youth
Study design
Pre-post with Comparison Group