Ecological Factors Predict Transition Readiness/Self-Management in Youth With Chronic Conditions.


PURPOSE Health care transition readiness or self-management among adolescents and young adults (AYA) with chronic conditions may be influenced by factors related to their surrounding environment. METHODS Study participants were AYA diagnosed with a chronic condition and evaluated at pediatric- and adult-focused subspecialty clinics at the University of North Carolina Hospital Systems. All participants were administered a provider-administered self-management/transition-readiness tool, the UNC TRxANSITION Scale. Geographic area and associated characteristics (ecological factors) were identified for each participant's ZIP code using the published U.S. Census data. The Level 1 model of the hierarchical linear regression used individual-level predictors of transition readiness/self-management. The Level 2 model incorporated the ecological factors. RESULTS We enrolled 511 AYA with different chronic conditions aged 12-31 years with the following characteristics: mean age of 20± 4 years, 45% white, 42% black, and 54% female. Participants represented 214 ZIP codes in or around North Carolina, USA. The Level 1 model showed that age, gender, and race were significant predictors of transition readiness/self-management. On adding the ecological factors in the Level 2 model, race was no longer significant. Participants from a geographic area with a greater percentage of females (β = .114, p = .005) and a higher median income (β = .126, p = .002) had greater overall transition readiness. Ecological factors also predicted subdomains of transition readiness/self-management. CONCLUSIONS In this cohort of adolescents and young adults with different chronic conditions, ecological disparities such as sex composition, median income, and language predict self-management/transition readiness. It is important to take ecological risk factors into consideration when preparing patients for health self-management or transition.

DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2015.09.013

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@article{Javalkar2016EcologicalFP, title={Ecological Factors Predict Transition Readiness/Self-Management in Youth With Chronic Conditions.}, author={Karina Javalkar and Meredith A J Johnson and Abhijit Kshirsagar and Sofia Ocegueda and Randal K Detwiler and Maria Ferris}, journal={The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine}, year={2016}, volume={58 1}, pages={40-6} }