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Transitioning Children with Chronic Diseases to Adult Care: Current Knowledge, Practices, and Directions

Authors: 
Freed GL, Hudson EJ
Year: 
2006
Journal: 
Journal of Pediatrics
Pub Med #: 
Abstract: 

With recent improvements in health care, many children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses often live well into adulthood. As such, the leaders in the health care system are struggling to determine who should provide care to these individuals, how such care should be delivered, and the most appropriate methods to finance such care once they become young adults. This report synthesizes the existing knowledge surrounding transition of care efforts. Overall, the literature includes theoretical descriptions of transition models as well as program characteristics, provider and parent concerns, and transition experiences.