Getting transition right for young people with diabetes
Keywords:transition, transitional care, adolescent health, adolescent diabetes, chronic conditions
Effective transitional care is now nationally and internationally accepted as integral to quality care for young people with chronic conditions such as diabetes. Although published guidance has been available for many years, evidence would suggest that there are still unmet needs in this area of diabetes management and services providing effective transitional care are not yet universally available. The aim of this paper is to review the recent transitional care literature with particular reference to diabetes, and consider the translation of the aforementioned policy and guidance into clinical practice. The current evidence supporting the positive benefits of transitional care and the need for the adoption of a developmental framework in transitional care development based on the core principles of adolescent medicine will be specifically considered.
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