Susan Lee Fong, MD, PhD
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Recent advancements in diagnostics, treatment options, and quality of care for infants and children with neurological diseases has reduced mortality and increased lifespan. More pediatric patients are reaching appropriate age for transitioning from pediatric to adult health care, but age alone should not be the criterion for leaving pediatric care. Transition in healthcare includes the transfer of care from a pediatric to an adult provider. But within the broader context, transition encompasses the process aimed at preparing young adults for independent adult life beyond the change of provider. An effective process should provide high quality, uninterrupted, and developmentally appropriate health care services as the patient moves from adolescence to adulthood.
The goals of this talk are to help the learners:
- Identify tools to assess readiness for transition
- Understand how transition readiness tools might be integrated into clinical practice and the electronic medical record
- Evaluate unique health concerns or needs for a specific patient that may facilitate or impede successful transition