Health Care Transition: A Resident Learning Module

Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital

“Health Care Transition: A Resident Learning Module”

Principal Investigator: Suzanne McLaughlin, MD, MSc           

The project goal was to develop a transition curriculum for medical residents that would enhance residents’ knowledge base of transition issues, develop clinical skills to assess, plan and support transition for adolescent and young adult patients and promote residents’ self-efficacy in the integration of patients and families in the decision-making process through close mentoring of the transition process by faculty and patients who have experienced challenges and success in transition.

Health care transition is the purposeful, planned shift from child-centered to adult-oriented health care.  The goal of transition is to maximize lifelong functioning and potential through the provision of continuous, comprehensive, developmentally-appropriate health care.  Health care transition for adolescents and young adults with special health care needs offers challenges and opportunities in all of the principles of patient-centered care.  Patients and families are an integral part of this process, beginning with needs assessment, progressing through the shared process of developing transition goals that are age- and developmentally-appropriate and, ideally, culminating in a patient and family maximizing their potential to function in and benefit from an adult-centered medical home.

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