• Transition Medicine

    The Transition Medicine team at Cincinnati Children’s wants to partner with teenagers and young adults with chronic health conditions or developmental disabilities to create a plan for healthcare transition as they get older. Patients as young as 16 years old can be seen by members of the Transition Medicine team.

    All teenagers and young adults should receive quality healthcare that is appropriate for their age.  Healthcare transition is the process of an individual graduating from the pediatric system to the adult system.  It is recommended that healthcare transition should be initiated in early adolescence around the age of 14.  It is around the age of 14 that teenagers should assume more responsibility for their healthcare.

  • About Our Program

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    The Transition Medicine team will ask questions about your medical history, current health, prescribed medications, immunizations and your abilities as well as your experience managing your healthcare.  Our team will ask you about your life goals and will assist you in planning for changes in health insurance.  Depending on your individual needs, we may provide a physical exam and have lab work completed.  We will collaborate with you to establish primary and specialty care in the adult healthcare system.

    • Build self-advocacy skills
    • Strengthen ability to develop independence
    • Assume personal responsibility to manage healthcare
    • Achieve optimal physical fitness and physical health
    • Gain knowledge about the importance of preventive healthcare
    • Establish uninterrupted medically and developmentally appropriate healthcare
    • Reach attainable levels of self-worth and emotional health

    For teenagers and young adults who have intellectual or physical disabilities, our team will address:

    • Insurance issues
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Guardianship
    • Guidelines for transition should you require emergency room services or an inpatient hospital stay
    • The transition to adult primary and specialty care providers
    • Durable medical equipment
    • Community resources
    • Vocational services 

    Patients who have been followed by a cardiologist will continue to see their pediatric cardiologist while our Transition Medicine team will establish the plan for the transition from pediatric to adult healthcare for primary care or other specialty healthcare needs. We will work with cardiac patients as young as 13 years old.

    The Transition Medicine physicians are available to consult on inpatients who present with adult healthcare concerns.

    Our research includes:

    • The creation of  transition readiness tools and interventions
    • Identification of disease-specific associations with transition preparation
    • Study of the attitudes of providers involved in healthcare transition
    • Study of the differences in the process of healthcare transition that might be present for patients with different chronic conditions