Health Care Transition
What is Health Care Transition?
Transition, as defined by the Society for Adolescent Medicine, is the purposeful, planned movement of adolescents and young adults with chronic physical and medical conditions from child-centered to adult-oriented health care system.
It is one of the many transitions or changes that all young people face as they grow up and become adults. Other transitions include transition from high school to college, vocational school, or work; and transition from home to community living.
Why is transitioning to an adult-centered health care system important?
Transition to the adult heath care system provides:
- Screening for and treatment of adult health problems;
- Greater emphasis on sexuality and reproductive health;
- Orientation to work and independent living.
- Independence in care and decision-making;
- Normal social and emotional development;
- Positive self-image and sense of competence.
Health is everything! Health can impact transitions in all other areas of life.
Health Care Transition Resources in Maryland
Transition Clinics: The Office for Genetics and Children with Special Health Care Needs (OGCSHCN) supports the operation of two pediatric-to-adult transition clinics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. These clinics assist with planning the move from pediatric to adult specialists for young people with sickle cell disease and diabetes. For more information, please contact us at 1-800-638-8864 or visit the Harriet Lane Clinic website.
Transition Lecture Series: OGCSHCN supports a monthly Transition Lecture Series hosted by The Resource Network at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. These lectures are designed for young people with special health care needs, their families and providers, and cover a wide range of topics important for transitioning youth. For more information, please contact The Resource Finder at 1-800-390-3372.
- Family NETworks - is an online resource for information and support specific to Maryland families with a member who has a developmental disability.
Health Care Transition Materials
- For Families
- Maryland Care Notebook - A guide to help families maintain important health information that is necessary for all those involved in providing the highest quality care for special needs children.
- For Providers
- Practicing Comprehensive Care - a manual for physicians interested in creating a medical home for CSHCN published by the Institute for Community Inclusion.
Other Health Care Transition Resources
- Waisman Resource Center - provides resources and publications for families and providers, who take care of special needs children.
For more information, please contact us at 1-800-638-8864