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Frontline Gastroenterol. 2018 Jan;9(1):37-44. doi: 10.1136/flgastro-2016-100747. Epub 2017 Jan 10.

Monitoring adolescents and young people with inflammatory bowel disease during transition to adult healthcare.

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Academic Department of Gastroenterology, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK.
Centre for Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Royal Free Hospital, London, UK.
Bart's Health NHS Trust, The Royal London Hospital, London, UK.
Centre for Immunology and Infectious Disease, Blizard Institute, Barts and the London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK.


The transition of adolescents and young people (AYP) with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) from paediatric to adult healthcare requires coordination between healthcare care providers to achieve optimum outcomes. Transition into adulthood is a time of major challenges physically, developmentally, emotionally and psychosocially for AYP living with IBD. Healthcare professionals must monitor the AYP progress proactively with attention to each of these parameters throughout the transition period to ensure that milestones are attained, and skills for self-management are formed. Thus, achieving the desired goals in both clinical and pastoral areas requires intensive monitoring from a multidisciplinary team across healthcare providers.



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