Transitioning to Adulthood with a Rheumatic Disease: A Case-Based Approach for Rheumatology Care Teams.
Both pediatric and adult rheumatology care teams play a central role in health care transition, the shift from child- and family-centered to adult-oriented health care. Components of transition preparation include readiness assessment, setting self-management goals, and spending time in clinical visits without a parent present. Pediatric providers and families should work together to create a transfer plan, identifying a new adult rheumatology care provider, providing a medical summary before transfer, and anticipating changes in health insurance. For high-risk transfers, direct communication between providers is recommended. Finally, adult rheumatologists need to build rapport with young adults to support future engagement in care.
Sadun, RE; Covert, LT; Lawson, EF
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