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J Pediatr Psychol. 2011 Mar;36(2):160-71. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsp128. Epub 2009 Dec 29.

Measuring the transition readiness of youth with special healthcare needs: validation of the TRAQ--Transition Readiness Assessment Questionnaire.

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Division of Respiratory Diseases, Children's Hospital Boston, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA. gregory.sawicki@childrens.harvard.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this study was to develop the Transition Readiness Assessment Questionnaire (TRAQ), a measure of readiness for transition from pediatric to adult healthcare for youth with special health care needs (YSHCN).

METHODS:

We administered TRAQ to 192 YSHCN aged 16-26 years in three primary diagnostic categories, conducted factor analysis, and assessed differences in TRAQ scores by age, gender, race, and primary diagnosis type.

RESULTS:

Factor analysis identified two TRAQ domains with high internal consistency: Skills for Self-Management and Skills for Self-Advocacy. Each domain had high internal consistency. In multivariate regression models, older age and a primary diagnosis of an activity limiting physical condition were associated with higher scores in Self-Management, and female gender and a primary diagnosis of an activity limiting physical condition were associated with higher scores in Self-Advocacy.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our initial validation study suggests the TRAQ is a useful tool to assess transition readiness in YSHCN and to guide educational interventions by providers to support transition.

PMID:
20040605
PMCID:
PMC3415980
DOI:
10.1093/jpepsy/jsp128
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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