Over the past 6 decades, advances in cystic fibrosis (CF) diagnosis and management have extended the life expectancy of patients far beyond childhood; therefore, all pediatric CF patients must prepare for transition to adult care. Readiness assessment, knowledge and skill education, and support structures are all elements of ideal transition. Transition should begin early in life with teaching skills and knowledge for disease care, and in adolescence the readiness to transition should be addressed. Transition is a gradual process of increasing responsibilities in self-care and disease management, an improvement in the understanding of CF, and an iterative process of self-assessment with knowledge acquisition. Communication and collaboration between pediatric and adult providers is necessary to ensure a smooth and successful transition with minimum effect on outcomes. Although there is increased knowledge of successful transition practices, this area presents many opportunities for advancement of care for the patient with CF.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health