Transitioning from Child to Adult

Taking the Next Step

What is Transition?

Transition has been defined as the purposeful, planned movement of adolescents and young adults with chronic physical and medication conditions from child-centered to adult-oriented health care systems. It is a complex process that should incorporate medical, psychosocial, educational and vocational needs.

What is our Philosophy on Transition?

We are committed to caring for people with CF across their lifespan. Helping young adults and their families’ move to the adult care team is a big part of our commitment. We believe transition is a milestone that you and your family will experience. This is a big change. We want you to know that you are not alone and we will be there to help you with this change. We’ll help you throughout your journey and promise to take good care of you along the way.

With all the advances in CF care, we are seeing our young adults grow up… get jobs, go to college, get married and have their own families. Just like school prepares children for the future, we hope that your time in paediatrics prepares you and your family for life as an independent, healthy adult. Our goal for all young adults is to learn about and manage their CF.

What is the CF clinic’s policy on Transition?

The CF Clinic’s policy on caring for young adults states that all young adults under the age of 18 will be care for by the Paediatric CF team. Once you reach the age of 18, your care will be managed by the Adult CF team. To help you make a smooth transition, we have developed a program to help you learn more about how to manage your CF as you move from paediatrics to adult care.

For more information:

Taking the Next Step… Making the Transition from the Paediatric to the Adult CF team (PDF Document)


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Last Updated August 13, 2009 | © 2007, LHSC, London Ontario Canada