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Paediatr Child Health. 2012 Dec;17(10):553-6.

Cystic fibrosis adolescent transition care in Canada: A snapshot of current practice.

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Cystic Fibrosis Clinic, British Columbia Children's Hospital;

Abstract

in English, French

Cystic fibrosis (CF) adolescent transition is not a new health care issue, yet progress in many areas associated with the transition process has been slow. In Canada, the status of CF transition has not been previously reported. The aim of the present study was to describe the transition from paediatric to adult health care for CF patients in Canada, specifically: availability of adult CF clinic services; average age of transfer from paediatric to adult CF health care; and existing CF transition practices. Results show that access to appropriate adult CF health care in Canada is universal; however, the availability, quantity and quality of CF transition care vary among CF clinics. Over a four-year period, the number of CF clinics using formal transition protocols almost doubled, but more work remains to be performed.

KEYWORDS:

Adolescent transition; Adult-oriented care; Canada; Chronic illness; Cystic fibrosis

PMID:
24294062
PMCID:
PMC3549692
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