Transition to adult services among behaviorally infected adolescents with HIV--a qualitative study

J Pediatr Psychol. 2011 Mar;36(2):134-40. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsp051. Epub 2009 Jun 19.


Objectives: The present study aimed to describe the experiences of youth with behaviorally acquired HIV who transitioned to adult care, to identify difficulties encountered, and to explore areas for improvement.

Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 young adults ranging from 24 to 29 years old. Themes were derived from coding participant interviews.

Results: Participants experienced adolescent care providers as an important source of support, felt anxiety about transition, provided recommendations for improving the process, and described significant changes associated with adult HIV care.

Conclusions: Findings support the development of a clear and structured transition process to address patients' fears and worries through early communication, planning, and coordination for adult healthcare, highlighting the need for future research in this area.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Health Services / standards*
  • Adult
  • Continuity of Patient Care*
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / therapy*
  • HIV Seropositivity / therapy*
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Qualitative Research