Transition Readiness/Orientation to Adult Practice
- Identify and list adult providers within your practice interested in caring for young adults.
- Establish a process to welcome and orient new young adults into practice, including a description of available services.
- Provide youth-friendly online or written information about the practice and offer a "get-acquainted" appointment, if feasible.
Orienting young adults to the adult practice is the third element in these health care transition quality recommendations. To begin with, the practice should identify those providers interested in taking on new young adult patients. The names of these providers should be shared with front desk staff and with partnering pediatric practices. Because young adults are relatively new health care consumers, an orientation to the adult practice is important. Establishing a process and designating staff members to welcome young adults will ensure that orientation is an integral component of the clinic work flow. The practice should provide young adult-friendly welcome materials that describe confidentiality, services offered, and the logistics of obtaining care. Offering get-acquainted appointments, if feasible can be a useful option for some prospective young adult patients.