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Nurs Outlook. 2013 Sep-Oct;61(5):311-36. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2013.01.008. Epub 2013 Jul 19.

Voices not heard: a systematic review of adolescents' and emerging adults' perspectives of health care transition.

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University of Southern California University Center of Excellence for Developmental Disabilities, USC Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA. Electronic address: clbetz@aol.com.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

A better understanding of the needs of adolescents and emerging adults with special health care needs (AEA-SHCNs) is essential to provide health care transition services that represent best practices. The purpose of this systematic review was to evaluate the research on health care transition for AEA-SHCNs from their perspectives.

METHODS:

A comprehensive literature review of research publications since 2005 was performed using the PubMed, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, and EBSCO databases. Thirty-five studies met the final review criteria.

RESULTS:

The process of transition from child to adult for AEA-SHCNs is complex. Individuals experiencing the transition desire to be a part of the process and want providers who will listen and be sensitive to their needs, which are often different from others receiving health care at the same facility.

CONCLUSIONS:

More research that considers the voice of the AEA-SHCNs related to transition from pediatric to adult care is needed.

KEYWORDS:

Adolescents; Emerging adults; Review of literature; Special health care needs; Systematic review; Youth

PMID:
23876260
DOI:
10.1016/j.outlook.2013.01.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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