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What is Health Care Transition?

Health care transition is the process of changing from a pediatric to an adult model of health care. The goals of health care transition are to improve the ability of youth and young adults to manage their own health care and effectively use health services, and to ensure an organized clinical process in pediatric and adult practices to facilitate transition preparation, transfer of care, and integration into adult-centered care.

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What are the Six Core Elements™?

The Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition™ 2.0 define the basic components of health care transition support. These components include establishing a policy, tracking progress, administering transition readiness assessments, planning for adult care, transferring, and integrating into an adult practice.

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Aligned with the AAP/AAFP/ACP Clinical Report on Transition, the Six Core Elements are intended for use in primary and specialty settings. Originally developed in 2009, this updated version incorporates the results of several transition learning collaboratives, an examination of transition innovations in the US and abroad, and reviews by over 50 pediatric and adult health care professionals and youth and family experts.

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Make youth and family aware of transition policy


Initiate health care transition planning


Prepare youth and parents for adult model of care and discuss transfer


Transition to adult model of care


Transfer care to adult medical home and/or specialists with transfer package


Integrate young adults into adult care

How do I implement the Six Core Elements?

As all transition approaches need to reflect the local capacity, a quality improvement (QI) approach has been a successful and efficient way to implement the Six Core Elements. To begin your QI process, assemble a team with pediatric and adult providers, clinic support staff, and youth and family consumers to review, customize, test and disseminate each of the core elements.

How can I assess my progress in implementing the Six Core Elements?

There are two options to consider: one is a qualitative self-assessment method (“Current Assessment of Health Care Transition Activities”) and the other is an objective scoring method (“Health Care Transition Process Measurement Tool”). Each tool can be conducted initially to offer a baseline measure and then repeated periodically to measure progress.

How can I assess my patients’ satisfaction with the transition process and make improvements to the transition process?

Following transition to adult care, practices can conduct anonymous consumer surveys with youth and/or parents. Sample “Health Care Transition Feedback Surveys” are available in each of the three sets of tools.

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