Increasing numbers of youth with special health care needs are graduating from paediatric care each year. Despite a consensus suggesting that the transition should be a planned and coordinated process, preparation for transition is sometimes absent or often inconsistent in the paediatric system resulting in compromised care for youth at the time of transfer to an adult facility and subsequent hazards when in adult care.
SickKids’ Good 2 Go Transition Program developed guidelines and provides support to SickKids programs in the operation of a Transfer Clinic—a clinic visit or event that involves dedicated time to prepare patients and families for the move to adult health care using a variety of adaptable tools (e.g., developing an up-to-date portable medical summary, group discussion of transition process, meeting adult care providers, touring new facilities).
The key impact of the development and implementation of Transfer Clinics includes an increase in the use of systematic and coordinated transition planning for youth with special health care needs throughout SickKids. In addition, healthcare providers report increased confidence in transition planning and increased collaboration between paediatric and adult providers, patients and families report satisfaction and positive feedback when participating in Transfer Clinics, and quality improvement and research evaluations suggest positive health outcomes for youth post-transfer in the adult system.
Title: Clinical Psychologist, Good2Go Transition Program
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