Chronic illness in adolescents: transfer or transition to adult services?

J Paediatr Child Health. 1997 Apr;33(2):88-90. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.1997.tb01005.x.


It is widely believed that the improved survival of young people with chronic diseases will be associated with the development of appropriate services within the adult healthcare domain. There is, however, little evidence to suggest that this is happening at a rate commensurate with clinical requirements. This paper highlights the multiplicity of barriers that impede the development of transition services to facilitate the transfer of medical care from the paediatric to the adult domain. Different models of transition care are described, and the terms 'transfer' and 'transition' are differentiated. The clinical demand for service development is highlighted, as well as the need for specific research in this area of healthcare delivery.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Adult
  • Australia
  • Case Management / standards*
  • Chronic Disease / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Patient Transfer / organization & administration*
  • Pediatrics / methods*
  • Primary Health Care / organization & administration*