Preparing all youth for the transition to adult-oriented care, adulthood itself, and a greater responsibility for their own health and health-care is an essential part of pediatric care. This process, typically described as health-care transition, can occur throughout ongoing pediatric health-care to prepare patients for transfer to an adult clinician and integration into adult care. Gaps remain in practice and in outcomes research regarding health-care transition. This review discusses recent literature, details best practices, and recommends guidance and tools to assist pediatric clinicians in providing a smooth transition process and a successful transfer to adult care for youth with and without special health-care needs.
Health-care Transition: A Vital Part of Care, Growth, and Change for Pediatric Patients
Drs Davidson and Doyle have disclosed no financial relationships relevant to this article. This commentary does not contain a discussion of an unapproved/investigative use of a commercial product/device.
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Lynn F. Davidson, Maya H. Doyle; Health-care Transition: A Vital Part of Care, Growth, and Change for Pediatric Patients. Pediatr Rev December 2021; 42 (12): 684–693. https://doi.org/10.1542/pir.2020-000422
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