Transition of transplant patients with cystic fibrosis to adult care: today's challenges

Prog Transplant. 2006 Dec;16(4):329-34; quiz 335. doi: 10.1177/152692480601600408.


One of the most trying ordeals for patients with cystic fibrosis is moving from one care setting to another. When the patient is facing the crisis of failing health and the need for lung transplantation, the transition can seem even more overwhelming. In Toronto, patients are transferred from pediatric to adult care at age 18. Moving a teenager with cystic fibrosis to the adult system presents many challenges, and even greater challenges arise when the patient has received a lung transplant or is awaiting one. Two pediatric and adult cystic fibrosis teams have worked closely with the lung transplant teams to create a smooth transition system. This article outlines both programs and presents a case study to explore the challenges for the teams in deciding the best place to meet the needs of the patients and their families. These families offer us a look at coping with change at a time of great stress and at how we as healthcare providers can support them through the system.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Continuity of Patient Care*
  • Cystic Fibrosis / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Transplantation*
  • Ontario
  • Patient Care Planning*
  • Professional-Family Relations
  • Social Support