Shaun Lorhan
Lead, Navigation Research, BC Cancer Agency – Vancouver Island Centre

Blog Posts by Shaun Lorhan

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What‘s Next: Navigation and Survivorship Research at the BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Island Centre

In wrapping up my posts as guest blogger for the month of May, I would like to tell you about our current activities and the new directions our research is taking. In April 2013, the navigation research program joined forces with a larger team of researchers and health care providers to form a new research centre called the Alex & Jo Campbell Patient and Family Support Centre. This new centre within the BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Island Centre was made possible by the generous donations of our community through the BC Cancer Foundation’s Inspire the World campaign which saw a 10,000...

A Systems Approach to Navigation Research at the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre

Previously, I have shared with you two models of navigation: lay navigation and virtual navigation. This week, I would like to introduce the population-based navigation model to you. This approach, which is also known as systems-based navigation, focuses on how organizations such as the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre function to support seamless navigation for patients and families. One of the identified needs for patients and families is the ability to access information that supports the transition into care at the BC Cancer Agency. Working with a group of patient...

Working Towards a Model of Self-Navigation for Cancer Patients

In my last post, I shared with you the research work I have been doing with respect to lay navigation. This week, I would like to tell you about another model for navigation: self navigation using technology or virtual navigation. This model is one of four models that have been identified by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer as a means for improving person-centred care. In addition to lay/peer navigation and virtual navigation, there is also a professional navigation model and a systems navigation model. I will speak to the latter two in my next post, but for today, I would like to...

My Navigation Research at the BC Cancer Agency

For the past four years, my research has been focused on patient navigation. The concept of patient navigation emerged from the United States and the work of Dr. Harold Freemen who discovered that if he engaged the African American women of Harlem, New York, who had been through screening and treatment to connect with other women in their community, he could increase the uptake of screening and following up on test results. While the “navigators” were peer volunteers in Dr. Freeman’s case, current programs engage community health workers and social workers to work with individuals within a...

How I Joined the BC Cancer Agency Family

Welcome to my Partners in Discovery Blog. My name is Shaun Corrine Lorhan and over the next four weeks, I will be sharing with you the research work I am doing in patient navigation at the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre. Today, I would like to introduce myself and how I came to work for this incredible organization. After graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Social Work, I worked in the not-for-profit sector for eleven years developing and offering programs and services in the field of victim assistance. In each of the organizations that I worked,...