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Developing a collaborative, patient-centric approach for adolescent transition from pediatric to adult care

Oates, Ashley (2016) Developing a collaborative, patient-centric approach for adolescent transition from pediatric to adult care. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Pediatric hospitals are primed to be the main driver of creating successful transition programs for adolescents with special health care needs. With more than 11 million children in the United States affected by special health care needs, a seamless process for preparing, assessing and completing a transition from pediatric care to adult care is paramount. This essay aims to identify a transition structure that addresses the needs of many types of patients who are transitioning from pediatric to adult hospitals, but specifically focuses on the high population of adolescents with special health care needs. The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (CHP) will serve as a data model and case study for supporting the author’s recommended transition structure, as CHP serves more than 9,500 adolescents each year. Core components of transition should be addressed in a pediatric hospital-led transition program will focus on the patient. A patient-centric transition program should transcend condition, socioeconomic status, number of specialists involved, and most importantly, physical hospital walls. The author recommends a set of immediate and future goals for CHP based on literature findings and current processes. These recommendations address the areas of patient-centric and transition-focused programming, team composition, clear programmatic direction, and the appropriate use of technology. In terms of public health, this topic addresses a potential barrier in the continuum of care and desired health outcomes for the foundation of our society: children and their families.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Oates, Ashley
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFriede, Samuelfriede@pitt.eduFRIEDEUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberMiller, Elizabethelm114@pitt.eduELM114UNSPECIFIED
Date: 4 February 2016
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MHA - Master of Health Administration
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2016 17:02
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 10:55


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