The process of going from a teen to an adult is complex in many
ways. We will help you assume responsibility for your own health
care as part of that process.
In December 2002, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
published a policy statement stating that planning for transition
of health care from a child-oriented to adult-oriented focus should
begin no later than age 14. We realize that medical, developmental,
behavioral and social factors all need to be considered.
The points that the AAP states are critical for successful
transition of care involve:
ü • Identifying a health care professional currently providing
care that will be responsible for assisting with future health care
planning. This can be a primary or specialty physician or nurse,
social worker, case manager, or other treatment provider.
ü • Making sure that young adults understand their medical
conditions, specifically- signs and symptoms that require urgent
medical attention; long term implications of their condition and
treatments on their general medical, sexual, and reproductive
ü • Patients should keep an up-to-date medical summary that is
portable and accessible That's what your notebook is!!
ü • The patient, family and health care team should create a
detailed written plan for health care transition by age 14. The
plan should be followed, with review and updates as needed (at
least annually and when there is a transfer of care). Look
elsewhere in this book for forms to help with this.
ü • Assure that young adults have access to properly trained
adult-oriented health providers and adequate health insurance to
cover their needs.
Establish your transition plan, and make sure that EVERYONE
follows it. That's the best way to make sure that your plan