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J Pediatr Psychol. 2017 Oct 1;42(9):1016-1027. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsx088.

Pediatric to Adult Care Transition: Perspectives of Young Adults With Sickle Cell Disease.

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Department of Psychology, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN.

Abstract

Objectives:

The aim of this study was to explore perspectives of transition and transition readiness of young adult patients (YAs) with sickle cell disease (SCD) who have transitioned to adult health care.

Methods:

In all, 19 YAs with SCD (ages 18-30 years) participated in one of three focus groups and completed a brief questionnaire about transition topics. Transcripts were coded and emergent themes were examined using the social-ecological model of adolescent and young adult readiness for transition (SMART).

Results:

Themes were consistent with most SMART components. Adult provider relationships and negative medical experiences emerged as salient factors. YAs ranked choosing an adult provider, seeking emergency care, understanding medications/medication adherence, knowing SCD complications, and being aware of the impact of health behaviors as the most important topics to include in transition programming.

Conclusions:

The unique perspectives of YAs can inform the development and evaluation of SCD transition programming by incorporating the identified themes.

KEYWORDS:

developmental perspectives; qualitative methods; sickle cell disease

PMID:
28637291
PMCID:
PMC6251560
DOI:
10.1093/jpepsy/jsx088
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