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Curr Opin Rheumatol. 1999 Sep;11(5):408-11.

Transition to adulthood.

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George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC 20037, USA.


Over the past 20 years, survival of youth with special health care needs, including youth with rheumatic diseases, has markedly improved. Over 90% will survive past their twentieth birthday and health care providers are recognizing a need for transition services to assist youth with disabilities to become successful adults. The barriers to, and the principles of, transition services are outlined. A discussion of available models and assessment tools for transition readiness and lessons learned on how to provide successful transition services is included.

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