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Developing a Hospital-Wide Transition Program for Young Adults With Medical Complexity.

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The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

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PURPOSE: Transitional age adults (18-24 years) are the fastest growing cohort of patients in children's hospitals across the nation. The purpose of the study was to standardize pediatric to adult healthcare transfers of complex adult patients through a tiered and multimodal population-based intervention.

METHODS: The Multidisciplinary Intervention Navigation Team (MINT) was developed to decrease variations in pediatric to adult medical transitions. System-level goals were to (1) increase provider and leadership engagement, (2) increase transition tools, (3) increase use of electronic medical record-based clinical decision supports, (4) improve transition practices through development of transition policies and clinical pathways; (5) increase transition education for patients and caregivers; (6) increase the adult provider referral network; and (7) implement an adult transition consult service for complex patients (MINT Consult).

RESULTS: Between July 2015 and March 2017, MINT identified 11 transition champions, increased the number of divisions with drafted transition policies from 0 to 7, increased utilization of electronic medical record-based transition support tools from 0 to 7 divisions, held seven psychoeducational events, and developed a clinical pathway. MINT has received more than 70 patient referrals. Of patients referred, median age is 21 years (range, 17-43); 70% (n = 42) have an intellectual disability. Referring pediatric providers (n = 25) reported that MINT helped identify adult providers and coordinate care with other Children's Hospital of Philadelphia specialists (78%); and that MINT saved greater than 2 hours of time (48%).

CONCLUSIONS: MINT improved the availability, knowledge, and use of transition-related resources; saved significant time among care team members; and increased provider comfort around transition-related conversations.


Adolescent, Adult, Chronic Disease, Communication, Electronic Health Records, Female, Hospitals, Pediatric, Humans, Male, Patient Care Team, Patient Education as Topic, Referral and Consultation, Transition to Adult Care, Young Adult



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