Young Adult Transition and Care Policy
- Develop a transition policy/statement with input from young adults that describes the practice's approach to accepting and partnering with new young adults, including privacy and consent information.
- Educate all staff about the practice's approach to transition, the policy/statement, the Six Core Elements and distinct roles of the young adult, family, and pediatric and adult health care team in the transition process, taking into account cultural preferences.
- Post policy and share/discuss with young adults at first visit and regularly review as part of ongoing care.
Creating a written practice policy on transition is the first element in these health care transition quality recommendations. Developed by your practice or health system, with input from young adults, the policy provides consensus among the practice staff, mutual understanding of the process involved, and a structure for evaluation. The policy should include the practice's approach to accepting and partnering with young adults. It should also explain the legal changes that take place in privacy and consent at age 18. The policy should be shared with young adults at their first visit and be publicly posted.