Skip to main content

Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition™

Transitioning Youth to an Adult Health Care Clinician Icon

Transitioning Youth to an Adult Health Care Clinician

For use by Pediatric, Family Medicine, and Med-Peds Clinicians

Click into any of the Six Core Elements to read and download more!

Transfer of Care

Transfer of care is the fifth element in the Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition™ (HCT). Establishing a systematic method for transfer to an adult clinician ensures that key tasks are accomplished; that youth, young adults, and parents/caregivers are informed of and involved in the hand-off of care and current medical information; and that communication and coordination between pediatric and adult clinicians takes place. For youth and young adults with special health care needs, transfer of care often requires coordination among multiple clinicians to ensure a safe and continuous process. Transfer to an adult clinician is recommended before the age of 22.

An African-American young adult male in a wheelchair smiling and holding school supplies
A group of smiling health care providers with a smiling African-American man in the foreground
Young adult man in blue jeans with backpack looking at horizon

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 Youth to an Adult Health Care Clinician

For use by Pediatric, Family Medicine, and Med-Peds Clinicians