Adolescents in transition of adult care: why the concern?


Adolescents in transition of adult care: why the concern?


Betz CL


The Nursing Clinics Of North America




Humans; United States; Adult; Needs Assessment; Self Care; adolescent; Adolescent Transitions; Health; Insurance; Heart Defects; Continuity of Patient Care/organization & administration; Adolescent Health Services/organization & administration; Congenital/nursing/rehabilitation/therapy; Patient Care Planning/organization & administration; Planning Techniques


This article has described issues associated with transition planning for youth with CHD. A number of approaches have been described to address the needs of this growing number of youth with CHD. Transition to adulthood has been and will continue to be a significant clinical concern as the adult survival rate increases. Health care professionals who are involved in transition planning will be focused on the health-related concerns of the transfer to an ACHD, insurability, and long-term CHD management, as well as issues related to employment, education, social relationships, and independent living. Successful transitioning is dependent on long-term planning,. youth-centered approaches, service coordination, and referral to adult agencies. As youth, families, adult survivors, and experts have discovered, long-term survival means more than the physical aspects of CHD.


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Betz CL, “Adolescents in transition of adult care: why the concern?,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 26, 2024,