Objective. To assess current practices of New York State pediatricians as they transition youth with special health care needs to adult-oriented medical care. Methods. A survey of New York State pediatricians included 6 critical steps from 2002 consensus statement, 11 essential steps adapted from recent literature, and questions targeting age of starting transition and availability of transition policy. Results. Of 181 respondents, only 11% have a transition policy. Most assist patients in transition process; identify an adult provider (92%); and create portable medical summary (57%). Only 3% start planning process at recommended age. No respondents are compliant with all 6 critical steps; subspecialists were more likely to report compliance to more than 4 steps. Conclusions. Participating pediatricians are making gains, yet effort is needed, to incorporate the essential steps into practice for transitioning youth with special health care needs. Recognition of barriers, use of electronic tools, and clarifying subspecialist"s approach, may improve compliance with transition recommendations.
- physician"s practice patterns
- primary health care
- special health care needs
- transition to adulthood
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health