Transitioning YSHCN from Pediatric to Adult Healthcare

February 17, 2011

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In this Journal of Adolescent Health article, "Association of Provider Scope of Practice with Successful Transition for Youth with Special Health Care Needs [YSHCN]," researchers examined the association between scope of practice and transition-related services using caregivers' responses in the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs 2005-2006. They compared transition outcomes for youth whose providers treated only children and youth whose providers also treated adults (lifespan-oriented). YSHCN encounter unique challenges in the transition from pediatric to adult healthcare. Although discussing transition with healthcare providers can be beneficial, it is unclear whether the providers' scope of practice (child-only vs. lifespan-oriented) drives these discussions.

This article is available for a fee from the Journal of Adolescent Health, Volume 48, Issue 2, Pages 209-211, February 2011.