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J Spec Pediatr Nurs. 2018 Jan;23(1). doi: 10.1111/jspn.12199. Epub 2017 Oct 28.

Readiness for transition from pediatric to adult care for adolescents with chronic heart disease.

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1
Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing, Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey.
2
Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Istanbul Mehmet Akif Ersoy Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey.
3
School of Nursing, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this study was to determine transition readiness of adolescents with chronic heart disease to adult care.

METHODS:

The sample of the study comprised 113 adolescents between the ages 12 and 18 years with chronic heart disease. Transition readiness was assessed by the Transition-Q self-administered tool.

RESULTS:

The Transition-Q mean score was 63.0 (range = 31-92). The self-management skills of the adolescents increased significantly in direct proportion to their ages. Most of the adolescents had a lack of confidence about medication management and communicating with healthcare providers. No significant difference was detected between boys and girls in terms of total and individual items' scores.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

Transition readiness should be assessed to understand transitional requirements of adolescents with chronic heart disease and to plan appropriate nursing interventions accordingly.

KEYWORDS:

adolescents; chronic heart diseases; self-management; transition

PMID:
29080290
DOI:
10.1111/jspn.12199
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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