The Transition of the Gastrointestinal Patient from Pediatric to Adult Care

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2017 Jun;64(3):707-720. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2017.02.001.


Transition is the long process of developing independent self-management skills whereas transfer is the actual move from pediatric to adult-centered provider. Structured anticipated transition works best with timelines of tasks to master and discussion of the stylistic differences between pediatric and adult practices. Disease-specific issues need to be addressed, such as earlier timelines for diet-based therapies, parental support for critical illnesses, and differences in therapeutic strategies.

Keywords: Adolescents; Gastrointestinal; Transfer; Transition.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Patient-Centered Care / methods*
  • Transition to Adult Care*