Adolescents with chronic illnesses who are transferred from the paediatric healthcare setting to adult care often get lost in the system, resulting in poorer long-term health outcomes. The Canadian Pediatric Society and the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine have position papers on the key elements recommended for transition programmes. A comparison of five transition programmes for youth with chronic illness in Canada is presented with a discussion of how they reflect these guidelines. The process used to review the content and effectiveness can provide others with a framework for learning about existing transition programmes to assist them in developing their own.
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