Examining care navigation: librarian participation in a teambased approach?


  • A. Tyler Nix MSLS, Research Assistant, School of Information Science, University of Kentucky, 320 Little Library Building, Lexington, KY 40506
  • Jeffrey T. Huber PhD, Director and Professor, School of Information Science, University of Kentucky, 323 Little Library Building, Lexington, KY 40506
  • Robert M. Shapiro II MALS, Public Health Librarian, Medical Center Library, University of Kentucky, 298 William R. Willard Medical Education Building, Lexington, KY 40536
  • Andrea Pfeifle EdD, PT, FNAP, Director, Center for Interprofessional Healthcare Education, Research and Practice, and Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine, University of Kentucky, 292 Biopharmaceutical Building, Lexington, KY 40536




Patient Navigation, Librarians, Cooperative Behavior, Delivery of Health Care


Objective: This study investigated responsibilities, skill sets, degrees, and certifications required of health care navigators in order to identify areas of potential overlap with health sciences librarianship.

Method: The authors conducted a content analysis of health care navigator position announcements and developed and assigned forty-eight category terms to represent the sample’s responsibilities and skill sets.

Results: Coordination of patient care and a bachelor’s degree were the most common responsibility and degree requirements, respectively. Results also suggest that managing and providing health information resources is an area of overlap between health care navigators and health sciences librarians, and that librarians are well suited to serve on navigation teams.

Conclusion: Such overlap may provide an avenue for collaboration between navigators and health sciences librarians.






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