Open Access Rheumatology
The transition from pediatric to adult health care is often a challenging process due to multiple interwoven complexities, especially for children with chronic medical conditions. Health care transition (HCT) is a process of moving from a pediatric to an adult model of health care with or without a transfer to a new clinician. This paper focuses on what is known about HCT for youth and young adults (Y/YA) with rheumatic diseases within a larger context of HCT recommendations. HCT barriers for youth, families, and providers and current evidence for a structured HCT processes are reviewed. Practical advice is offered on how to approach transition for Y/YA, what tools are available to assist in a successful transition process, and what are the areas of future research that are needed to improve the HCT evidence base.
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Sabbagh, S., Ronis, T., & White, P. (2018). Pediatric rheumatology: addressing the transition to adult-orientated health care.. Open Access Rheumatology, 10 (). http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/OARRR.S138370