Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition™

Transitioning to an Adult Approach to Health Care Without Changing Clinicians

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Transition Planning

Transition planning is the fourth element in the Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition™ (HCT). Planning for transition should be accomplished in collaboration with youth/young adults and parents/caregivers beginning in early adolescence and continuing until the young adult demonstrates ability to manage their health and health care. Transition planning encompasses several ongoing activities that are intended to build health literacy and independent self-care skills; assist in preparing for changes that happen at age 18; and guide the selection of new adult subspecialty clinicians, if needed, taking cultural preferences into account. In addition, addressing the legal issues of supported decision-making should be a part of this planning, if needed.

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Implementation

Read more about How to Implement the Six Core Element of Health Care Transition.
Read more information on the QI framework and methods in our Quality Improvement Primer.

Transitioning to an Adult Approach to Health Care Without Changing Clinicians

For use by Family Medicine and Med-Peds Clinicians