What are the characteristics of hospital-based patient navigation programs that have been reported in the literature to support injury-related trauma patients and their caregivers? What is the existing evidence in the literature on the impact of hospital-based patient navigation programs for injury-related trauma patients and their caregivers?
This scoping review will focus on injury-related trauma patients and/or their caregivers. Injury-related trauma patients include individuals who experience physical injuries that occur suddenly and with enough severity to require immediate medical attention. It excludes non-injury-related trauma patients. Aside from condition, this review is not specific to any age, sex, ethnicity, or other demographic variables.
The main concept is patient navigation programs for injury-related trauma patients and/or their caregivers. Patient navigation will be defined as a partnership between a patient, caregiver, or member(s) of the care team and a patient navigator (including professional, lay, or peer navigators) which facilitates timely access to health and/or community services and resources, and fosters self-management and autonomy through education and emotional support. Impact is the secondary concept of this scoping review. This review will consider articles that report impact employing a variety of evaluation methods.
This review will consider articles where the patient navigation program is delivered in a hospital setting. Programs delivered solely within the community will be excluded. There are no geographic limitations.