Addressing transition to adult health care for adolescents with special health care needs

Title

Addressing transition to adult health care for adolescents with special health care needs

Creator

Scal P; Ireland M

Publisher

Pediatrics

Date

2005

Subject

Cross-Sectional Studies; Female; Humans; Male; Questionnaires; Professional-Family Relations; Health Services Needs and Demand; Socioeconomic Factors; Sampling Studies; Family Characteristics; Case Management; Aging; adolescent; Parents/psychology; Health Surveys; United States/epidemiology; Continuity of Patient Care/organization & administration; poverty; Chronic Disease/epidemiology/therapy; African Americans/statistics & numerical data; European Continental Ancestry Group/statistics & numerical data; Hispanic Americans/sn [Statistics & Numerical Data]; Insurance Coverage/statistics & numerical data

Description

OBJECTIVE: To determine the factors associated with addressing the transition from pediatric to adult-oriented health care among US adolescents with special health care needs. METHODS: Data for 4332 adolescents, 14 to 17 years of age, from the 2000-2001 National Survey of Children With Special Health Care Needs were used. The adequacy of transition services was determined by parent self-report. Explanatory variables, including parental education, family poverty status, race/ethnicity, measures of the severity and complexity of conditions, health insurance status, having a personal doctor, and the quality of the parent's relationship with the adolescent's doctor, were entered into a regression model. RESULTS: Overall, 50.2% of parents reported that they had discussed transition issues with their adolescent's doctor and 16.4% had discussed and developed a plan for addressing those needs. In a multivariate regression analysis, correlates of the adequacy of transition services included older age, female gender, complexity of health care needs, and higher quality of the parent-doctor relationship. CONCLUSIONS: Among adolescents with special health care needs, those who were older and those with more complicated needs were more likely to have addressed the transition from a pediatric to adult-oriented system of care. Furthermore, this analysis demonstrated a strong association between a high-quality parent-provider relationship and the extent to which transition issues were addressed. The importance of transition services for adolescents with less complex needs and the overall impact of health care transition services were not assessed in this study and remain important questions for future investigations.
2005

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

1607-1612

Issue

6

Volume

115

Citation

Scal P; Ireland M, “Addressing transition to adult health care for adolescents with special health care needs,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 22, 2022, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/13304.

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