A consensus statement on health care transitions for young adults with special health care needs

Pediatrics. 2002 Dec;110(6 Pt 2):1304-6.


This policy statement represents a consensus on the critical first steps that the medical profession needs to take to realize the vision of a family-centered, continuous, comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally competent health care system that is as developmentally appropriate as it is technically sophisticated. The goal of transition in health care for young adults with special health care needs is to maximize lifelong functioning and potential through the provision of high-quality, developmentally appropriate health care services that continue uninterrupted as the individual moves from adolescence to adulthood. This consensus document has now been approved as policy by the boards of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Child
  • Child Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Chronic Disease / therapy*
  • Continuity of Patient Care*
  • Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Health Planning Guidelines
  • Health Policy*
  • Humans
  • Needs Assessment
  • United States