Transition to adult care for patients with spina bifida

Joan T. Le*, Shubhra Mukherjee

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

More individuals with spina bifida are living into adulthood, and unique challenges arise as they age. These patients have multiple organ system involvement in addition to physical impairments, disabilities, cognitive involvement, and psychosocial challenges. There is a growing need for transitional care for adults with spina bifida. This article explores the 5 key elements for a transition program to adult care: preparation, flexible timing, care coordination, transitional clinic visits, and health care providers who are interested in taking care of adults with disabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-38
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015

Keywords

  • Adult
  • Myelomeningocele
  • Spina bifida
  • Transition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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