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Transition from pediatric to adult IBD care

August's issue of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease evaluates the process of transition of the patient with IBD from pediatric to adult care.

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Inflammatory bowel disease is a chronic disease of remitting and relapsing nature that is increasingly diagnosed in childhood or adolescence.

The importance of the transition from pediatric to adult health care is increasingly recognized.

However, the preparation of patient and family before transfer and early subsequent care in the adult health care environment can be variable and challenging.

Patients may not have mastered all the steps before transfer
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Dr de Silva and colleagues updated a literature review of the transition process in inflammatory bowel disease.

The team reported that pediatric providers need to start early and prepare patients in a stepwise fashion.

The team noted that patients may not have mastered all the steps before transfer or may regress to earlier behaviors during stress.

Thus, adult providers will need to understand how to maintain and finish the transition process.

Dr de Silva's team concludes, "We reviewed practical ways that both pediatric and adult health care providers can optimize care."

Inflamm Bowel Dis 2014: 20(8): 1458-1464
06 August 2014

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