Fewer than 50% of adolescents with heart problems are prepared for transition to adult care

The article “Preparing adolescents with heart problems for transition to adult care, 2009-2010 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs” was published online by Congenital Heart Disease on Friday, May 19. The authors recognize the increased morbidity and mortality to adolescents with heart problems who fail to transfer to adult care. Using parent-reported data on 12- to 17-year-olds from the 2009–2010 National Survey of Children with Special Healthcare Needs, the frequency and content of transition planning discussions was assessed. Authors conclude that less than half of adolescents with heart problems had parents who discussed their child’s transition with providers, which could be contributing to the large percentage of CHD patients who do not successfully transfer to adult care. The article is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/chd.12476.

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