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Arch Pediatr. 1998 Dec;5(12):1327-33.

[Modalities of transition of diabetic adolescents from pediatrics to the adult care in the Paris-Ile-de-France region: an appeal to cooperative work for improving quality of care. Paris-Ile-de-France Section of DESG (Diabetes Education Study Group) in French language].

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Service de pédiatrie, centre hospitalier intercommunal de Poissy-Saint-Germain-en-Laye, hôpital de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France.



The purpose of this study was to evaluate the conditions in which diabetic adolescents are transferred from pediatric to adult health care, and to record the opinions of the physicians about this issue.


A questionnaire-based study was performed among all the pediatricians in the hospital setting and all the diabetologists from the Paris-Ile-de-France area. Questionnaires from 50 pediatricians and 51 diabetologists were completed (response rate: 68%).


1) Not enough information was transmitted: a quarter of the diabetologists were visiting for the first time without any information on the adolescent, and only half the pediatricians received feedback information from the internists after the first visit. And yet, when considered, it was important to be kept informed after the first visit and the following ones. 2) Medical relationships were poor: more than three out of four pediatricians and diabetologists had none or very few professional meetings, and two thirds of them were not aware of the way the others were working. 3) Eighty percent of pediatricians and diabetologists considered that the transfer of diabetic adolescents had to be organised in order to keep the coherence of medical follow-up, to minimise the psychological effects of the transition, and to avoid a complete break in the patient follow-up. 4) The expectations of the pediatricians were: the validation of their previous follow-up through the feedback information from diabetologists and the continuity of the medical follow-up; those of the diabetologists were: to gain the patient's confidence and to master the patient's previous history, in order to provide a better follow-up. 5) According to the opinion of both pediatricians and diabetologists, the main errors to avoid were, by the paediatricians, to miss the time and the preparation of the transfer and, by the diabetologists, to denigrate the previous pediatric management and to change the insulin regimen immediately.


This study demonstrates a lack of communication between physicians of pediatric and adult health care centres. But it also underlines their recognition of the importance of the transition's stakes and their common motivations in order to improve it.

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