Transition Policy

A Transition Policy is a written document that sets clear expectations for the transition process. Developed by your practice with input from youth and families, the policy should include a transition time frame (When are youth expected to leave your practice?) and an explanation of the practice's transition approach (What will your practice offer youth and families to assist them in transition?). It should also explain the legal changes that take place in privacy and consent at age 18, even if the youth has not left your practice. The policy should be shared with youth and families beginning at ages 12 to 14, and publicly posted.

Create a Transition Policy for your Rheumatology Practice

  • Develop a transition policy/statement with input from youth and families that describes the practice’s approach to transition, including privacy and consent information.
  • Educate all staff about the practice’s approach to transition, and the distinct roles of youth, family, and pediatric and adult health care team in the transition process, taking into account cultural preferences.
  • Post policy and share/discuss with youth and families, beginning at age 12 to 14, and regularly review as part of ongoing care.