[Transition from paediatric to adult care: management of adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease]

G van den Brink, C J van der Woude, L de Ridder, M A C van Gaalen, J C Escher
Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde 2016, 160: D578
The transfer of adolescent patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) to adult gastroenterology services is often troublesome. Failed transition can have adverse effects on the course of disease. We present two cases of adolescent IBD patients and their transition process. We identify requirements for successful transition and discuss potential barriers. We illustrate and emphasise that the medical teams on each side (paediatric and adult), as well as the patient and the parents should actively participate in the process of transition. The medical team should, preferably during a local transition clinic, regularly evaluate disease knowledge and self-management skills of the patient and make an individual transition plan to fill the gaps in knowledge and/or skills. Patients should be willing to learn to become more independent and parents should be stimulated to create an environment so that their child can actually try to become more independent. Lastly, we present the Rotterdam model for transition of IBD patients.

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