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Background: Care navigation is an avenue to link patients to activities or organisations that can help address non-medical needs affecting health and wellbeing. An understanding of how care navigation is being implemented across primary care is lacking. Aim: To determine how 'care navigation' is interpreted and currently implemented by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). Design and setting: A cross-sectional study involving CCGs in England. Method: A questionnaire was sent to all CCGs inviting them to comment on who provided care navigation, the type of patients for whom care navigation was provided, how individuals were referred, and whether services were being evaluated. Responses were summarised using descriptive statistics.

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British Journal of General Practice



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NHS; care navigators; cross-sectional studies; general practice; link workers; primary care; social prescribing