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Rheumatology (Oxford). 2004 Jun;43(6):770-8. Epub 2004 Mar 23.

User perspectives of transitional care for adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

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Institute of Child Health, University of Birmingham, UK. j.e.mcdonagh@bham.ac.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To gain insight into the transitional needs of adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and to examine how these needs may be addressed within a structured programme of transitional care.

METHODS:

A qualitative study using focused group discussions was performed. Groups comprised (i) adolescents with JIA aged 12-18 yr, (ii) young adults with JIA aged 19-30 yr, (iii) parents of adolescents with JIA, and (iv) parents of young adults with JIA.

RESULTS:

Transitional needs included aspects of participants' physical, social, psychological and vocational lives. Participants (n = 55) called for developmentally appropriate care based upon shared decision-making, continuity of health professionals, and wider access to information and community services. Suggestions for improved care included individualized assessment of patient's holistic needs and increased transfer preparation.

CONCLUSIONS:

These results provide a useful guide to transitional care and suggest an approach that is adolescent-focused and evidence-based.

PMID:
15039498
DOI:
10.1093/rheumatology/keh175
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