Task force 2: special health care needs of adults with congenital heart disease.


Transition into the adult health care system is crucial for patients with congenital heart disease (CHD), as well as for adolescents with many other chronic conditions. Indeed, “arranging efficient and caring transfer for adolescents from pediatric to adult care (is). . .one of the great challenges facing pediatrics—and indeed the health care services—in the coming century” (1). Centers that care for adolescents and young adults with CHD need to develop structured plans for the transfer of care from the department of pediatric cardiology to that of adult cardiology. A comprehensive program taking a developmental approach beginning in childhood and adolescence should achieve better results than programs that focus only on the transfer to adult care at a specified age. Currently, sufficient empirical data are not available to support the identification of “best practices” regarding transition in this patient group. However, descriptive and qualitative studies have indicated that the key elements of an effective transition program include:

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@article{Foster2001TaskF2, title={Task force 2: special health care needs of adults with congenital heart disease.}, author={Elyse D Foster and Thomas P . Graham and David J . Driscoll and Graham J. Reid and John G Reiss and I Alasdair Russell and Mathew Sermer and Samuel C. Siu and Karen C Uzark and Roberta G . Williams and Gary D. Webb}, journal={Journal of the American College of Cardiology}, year={2001}, volume={37 5}, pages={1176-83} }