Healthcare in Transition

health careNot unlike learning to drive, graduating from high school or moving out of the family home, transition in healthcare is a milestone that parents and young adults will experience together. By the time a youth enters high school, it is important that parents and healthcare providers talk together with him/her about having greater involvement in their own care. This can begin with participation during clinic visits and working towards interacting directly with his/her healthcare provider. Over time, young adults will be encouraged to gradually take on greater responsibility, such as medication monitoring, calling healthcare providers on their own with questions or concerns about their own care, and making their own appointments. All of this is a gradual process that will start with parents as a "safety net" providing prompts and reminders as the young adult learns to take on more and more responsibility for their healthcare.  There are also resources that have been developed to help young adults, parents and healthcare providers understand the transition process. 

For more information, please visit Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN):

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