Transitioning Health Care from Pediatric to Adult Providers
Health Care Transition teaches you how to
take charge of yourself in stages. It is a big
change, but we support you on your journey
and promise to take good care of you along
the way. There are skills you will learn at
each stage of the process. So, talk to us and
Why do I need to transition my care to an
A pediatric provider specializes in kids. As
you get older, it is important to change to a
provider who specializes in adults. Some
doctors can take care of kids and adults, so
ask your provider about your needs.
My pediatric provider knows all about
me, how will a new adult provider know
about me and my health?
Your medical records are sent to your adult
provider. Your pediatric provider also
includes a form that gives a “snapshot” of
you. It includes information about your
health care goals.
When do I need to transition my care?
We ask you to set a goal to finish the
transition sometime after your 18
Ready, Set, Adult: What You Need to Do
Working with Your Health Care Team
As I begin to transition what are some of
the questions I can ask?
You are a partner in your health care and
have the right to ask for what you want. If
you are not sure about what you want, talk
with your health care team. Below are some
sample questions that you and your parents
can ask to get started:
• If I am in a family practice clinic do
I need to think about health care
• Can you suggest an adult provider
• Can you help me with transition
planning? Do you have transition
care plans that you use?
What do you need to know to get ready
There are some legal changes that happen
starting at ages 12, 14 and 18. Below are
some examples of changes that you may
• Your doctor may ask your parents to
leave the room. This is so you can
have a private and sometimes
confidential talk with your doctor.
• Your health insurance may change.
This depends on whether you have
insurance under your parents’ plan,
or if you have your own insurance
• Legal rights for you and your parents
change unless you take action. Ask
your provider for more information
about these changes.
Practicing Independence Skills
What skills do I need to be independent?
In health care setting – health care team
members teach you about your health and
skills to maintain your health.
• Teen time alone in office visit to ask
questions and talk about concerns
• Learn to manage prescription
• Learn to schedule clinic
• Learn to discuss health management
plan and recommendations
• Create a written plan and timeline for
your transition with your whole
• Regularly check your progress.
At home – your parents support and guide
you as you learn about your health and skills
to maintain your health
• When and how to ask for help
• How to tell others about your health
• Name the medicines you take and
why you take them
• Talk about your medical history
• Learn about your family’s medical
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor.
This is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because
each person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team
when using this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 12/2017 University of
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