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Child Care Health Dev. 2017 Jan;43(1):152-155. doi: 10.1111/cch.12405. Epub 2016 Sep 13.

Transition from paediatric to adult care: what makes it easier for parents?

Author information

1
Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, Lausanne University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland.
2
General Pediatrics, Lausanne University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland.
3
Adult Rheumatology, Centre hospitalier Lyon-Sud, Lyon, France.
4
Pediatric Rheumatology Unit of Western Switzerland, Lausanne University Hospital and Geneva University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland.
5
Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetology Unit, Lausanne University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland.
6
Institute of Social Sciences and LIVES, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess differences between parents of adolescents with chronic illness (CI) going through a self-reported easy or difficult transfer.

METHODS:

Seventy-two parents of CI youths who had already transferred to adult care were divided according to whether they considered that the transfer had been easy (n = 45) or difficult (n = 27). We performed a bivariate analysis comparing both groups and variables with a significance level < .1 were included in a logistic regression. Results are presented as adjusted odds ratio (aOR).

RESULTS:

Over one third of parents (27/72) reported a difficult transfer. At the multivariate level, higher socioeconomic status (aOR: 7.74), parents feeling ready for transfer (aOR: 6.54) and a good coordination between teams (aOR: 7.66) were associated with an easy transfer.

CONCLUSIONS:

An easy transfer for parents is associated with feeling ready and considering that the coordination between teams is good. Health providers should consider these requisites for a successful transfer.

KEYWORDS:

adolescence; chronic illness; parents; transition

PMID:
27625071
DOI:
10.1111/cch.12405
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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