Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition™

Transitioning Youth to an Adult Health Care Clinician

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

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Transition Readiness

Assessing youths’ health care transition (HCT) readiness skills is the third element in the Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition™. Use of a standardized transition readiness assessment (TRA) is helpful in engaging youth and parents/caregivers to set health priorities, addressing self-care skill needs to prepare them for an adult approach to care at age 18, and preparing them to independently use health care services. Clinicians can use the results of the TRA to jointly develop a plan of care with youth and parents/caregivers. Clinicians should begin conducting TRAs at age 14 to 16 and continue throughout the HCT period until the youth has transferred. The final TRA should be included in the transfer package and sent to the receiving adult clinician. The TRA should be at the appropriate reading level, offered in languages common among your clinic population, and concise (no more than one page).

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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 Youth to an Adult Health Care Clinician

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