Transition to adulthood

Curr Opin Rheumatol. 1999 Sep;11(5):408-11. doi: 10.1097/00002281-199909000-00013.


Over the past 20 years, survival of youth with special health care needs, including youth with rheumatic diseases, has markedly improved. Over 90% will survive past their twentieth birthday and health care providers are recognizing a need for transition services to assist youth with disabilities to become successful adults. The barriers to, and the principles of, transition services are outlined. A discussion of available models and assessment tools for transition readiness and lessons learned on how to provide successful transition services is included.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Health Services*
  • Adult
  • Connective Tissue Diseases / therapy*
  • Continuity of Patient Care*
  • Humans