Transition to adult care for patients with spina bifida

Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2015 Feb;26(1):29-38. doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2014.09.007.


More individuals with spina bifida are living into adulthood, and unique challenges arise as they age. These patients have multiple organ system involvement in addition to physical impairments, disabilities, cognitive involvement, and psychosocial challenges. There is a growing need for transitional care for adults with spina bifida. This article explores the 5 key elements for a transition program to adult care: preparation, flexible timing, care coordination, transitional clinic visits, and health care providers who are interested in taking care of adults with disabilities.

Keywords: Adult; Myelomeningocele; Spina bifida; Transition.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Gastroenterology
  • Humans
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Primary Health Care*
  • Rehabilitation, Vocational
  • Spinal Dysraphism / therapy*
  • Transition to Adult Care*
  • Urology
  • Women's Health Services
  • Young Adult