A smooth transition to adult rheumatology care requires advance planning. There are several ways that your practice can help patients prepare for and navigate this process. 1) Develop a medical summary and emergency care plan for each patient. 2) Help your patients connect to community-based supports, such as the Arthritis Foundation. 3) Prepare youth and families for legal changes in decision- making at age 18, including consent to involve parents/caregivers. 4) Help youth identify an adult provider that can take their insurance and meet their care needs. An up-to-date and vetted list of adult rheumatology providers interested in care for young adults should be shared with youth and families.
Improve Transition Planning in your practice
- Help patients identify insurance resources, self-care management information, and community supports through organizations such as the Arthritis Foundation.
- Develop and regularly update a medical summary and emergency care plan with your patients.
- Plan with youth for optimal timing of transfer to adult rheumatology.
- Prepare youth for the adult approach to health care, including legal changes affecting privacy and consent.
- Assist youth in identifying an adult provider.
- Provide linkages to insurance resources, self-care management information, and community supports.