Examining care navigation: librarian participation in a teambased approach?

A. Tyler Nix, Jeffrey T. Huber, Robert M. Shapiro II, Andrea Pfeifle


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.


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

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/jmla.2016.59


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Copyright (c) 2016 A. Tyler Nix, MSLS, Jeffrey T. Huber, PhD, Robert M. Shapiro II, MALS, Andrea Pfeifle, EdD, PT, FNAP

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