8. The Transition of Care for the Young Adult Hemophilia Patient
- Emérito-Carlos Rodríguez-Merchán MD, PHD2,3 and
- Leonard A. Valentino MD4
Published Online: 12 MAY 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Current and Future Issues in Hemophilia Care
How to Cite
Petrini, P. (2011) The Transition of Care for the Young Adult Hemophilia Patient, in Current and Future Issues in Hemophilia Care (eds E.-C. Rodríguez-Merchán and L. A. Valentino), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119979401.ch8
Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Hemophilia Unit, La Paz University Hospital, Spain
School of Medicine, Autonomous University, Madrid, Spain
Hemophilia and Thrombophilia Center, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA
- Published Online: 12 MAY 2011
- Published Print: 13 MAY 2011
Print ISBN: 9780470670576
Online ISBN: 9781119979401
Adolescence is a time of rapid physical, social and cognitive development that occurs during the transition from childhood to adulthood, usually between the ages of 10 and 24 years. This is a challenging time for any teenager and even more so for those with a chronic disease like hemophilia.
Arranging efficient and caring transfer for adolescents from pediatric to adult care is one of the great challenges facing pediatrics.
Young people should be helped to take responsibility for medications from as early an age as possible. Transition programs are necessary even when pediatric and adult services are in the same hospital, as geographical closeness often does not translate into a close professional relationship. There are several ways of effecting this transfer of care. None of them is proven to be better than any other, but the transfer should always be planned and expected by the patient and the parents. Future research in the field will help us continue high standard of care during adolescence.