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Transition of care from paediatric to adult services: one part of improved health services for adolescents
  1. Russell M Viner (rviner{at}
  1. UCLH, United Kingdom


    Ensuring a safe, effective and empowering transition of young people with chronic illness and disability from paediatric care to adult health services is a key quality issue for the NHS.

    To achieve this, three key elements must be pursued with vigour;

    Firstly, a cultural shift in NHS staff attitudes and training; secondly, systems change to ensure that all paediatric chronic illness & disability services have effective transition programmes in place; and thirdly, empowerment and training of young patients to allow them to be an effective partner in their own transition.

    Within paediatrics itself, transition is merely one part of a wider need to improve health care for adolescents.

    • adolescence
    • self-management
    • transition

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