Transitions of Care - Pediatric to Adult Practices

AAP, AAFP, and ACP Calling on Clinicians to Develop Structured Health Care Transition Processes
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the American College of Physicians (ACP) recently released an updated clinical report on transitioning youth and young adults from pediatric to adult health care. The clinical report includes an evidence review, and practical guidance and customizable tools for clinicians related to key elements of transition: planning, transfer and integration into adult health care. In addition, the needs of special populations, such as youth with medical complexity, intellectual and developmental disabilities, behavioral health conditions, and social complexity are addressed. To increase the number of youth and young adults who receive structured transition assistance nationwide, recommendations related to infrastructure, education/training, payment, and research are provided.