Locating adult providers
Health issues that adults face are different than a child's health issues. It is important to have a primary care provider and specialty providers who are experienced in addressing adult health care issues.
Transition is a natural part of the developmental process from childhood to adulthood, but it can be scary. After many years of being part of the nurturing, family-centered pediatric health care system and developing strong bonds with various health care team members, it can be hard to make a change. Youth, families, providers and the community should work together as a team to promote the best possible outcome during the transition process.
Steps to consider:
- Talk with the recommended pediatric primary/specialty care provider to recommend an adult primary/specialty care provider.
- Meet with the new adult primary care provider before making a decision.
- Check the health care insurance policy to see which adult primary/specialty care providers are approved by the insurance plan.
- Make an appointment to meet with a potential adult primary/specialty care provider. Bring a list of questions.
What information will the adult providers need?
- Copy of the transition plan.
- Copy of a clinical summary. A clinical summary is a document that covers important previous and current medical information. It introduces the youth to the adult primary and specialty care providers and aids in the initiation of care. It should be developed with input from the youth, family and all current health care providers.
- Copies of medical records.
- Contact information for someone on both the pediatric primary and specialty care teams. This is important if medical information needs to be clarified.