Transition from paediatric to adult care: what makes it easier for parents?

Child Care Health Dev. 2017 Jan;43(1):152-155. doi: 10.1111/cch.12405. Epub 2016 Sep 13.


Objective: To assess differences between parents of adolescents with chronic illness (CI) going through a self-reported easy or difficult transfer.

Methods: Seventy-two parents of CI youths who had already transferred to adult care were divided according to whether they considered that the transfer had been easy (n = 45) or difficult (n = 27). We performed a bivariate analysis comparing both groups and variables with a significance level < .1 were included in a logistic regression. Results are presented as adjusted odds ratio (aOR).

Results: Over one third of parents (27/72) reported a difficult transfer. At the multivariate level, higher socioeconomic status (aOR: 7.74), parents feeling ready for transfer (aOR: 6.54) and a good coordination between teams (aOR: 7.66) were associated with an easy transfer.

Conclusions: An easy transfer for parents is associated with feeling ready and considering that the coordination between teams is good. Health providers should consider these requisites for a successful transfer.

Keywords: adolescence; chronic illness; parents; transition.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Health Services / organization & administration
  • Adolescent Health Services / standards
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Chronic Disease / therapy*
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Health Services Research / methods
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Parents / psychology*
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration
  • Pilot Projects
  • Social Class
  • Switzerland
  • Transition to Adult Care / organization & administration
  • Transition to Adult Care / standards*