A consensus statement on health care transitions for young adults with special health care needs

Robert W. Blum, David Hirsch, Theodore A. Kastner, Richard D. Quint, Adrian D. Sandler, Susan Margaret Anderson, Maria Britto, Jan Brunstrom, Gilbert A. Buchanan, Robert Burke, John K. Chamberlain, Barbara Cooper, Daniel Davidow, Theora Evans, Thomas Gloss, Patti Hackett, Patrick Harr, William Kiernan, Eric Levey, Merle McPhersonKevin Murphy, Maureen R. Nelson, Donna Gore Olson, Gary Onady, Betty Presler, John Reiss, Michael Rich, Peggy Mann Rinehart, David Rosen, Peter Scal, David Siegel, Gail B. Slap, Paul Clay Sorum, Maria Veronica Svetaz, Patricia Thomas, Margaret Turk, Patience White, Philip Ziring

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This policy statement represents a consensus on the critical first steps that the medical profession needs to take to realize the vision of a familycentered, continuous, comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally competent health care system that is as developmentally appropriate as it is technically sophisticated. The goal of transition in health care for young adults with special health care needs is to maximize lifelong functioning and potential through the provision of high-quality, developmentally appropriate health care services that continue uninterrupted as the individual moves from adolescence to adulthood. This consensus document has now been approved as policy by the boards of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1304-1306
Number of pages3
Issue number6 II
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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