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Transition from paediatric to adult care for chronic diseases may cause insecurity and unpreparedness for new relationships and surroundings
  1. Thelma Begley
  1. School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to: Thelma Begley, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 24 D'Olier St, Dublin 2, Ireland; tbegley{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Challenges associated with the transition from paediatric to adult care are experienced by young people, parents and healthcare professionals.

  • Poorly managed transition has long-term consequences for the health of young people.

  • Additional research in successful transition programmes to identify factors contributing to success would be beneficial.


Transition of young people from child to adult healthcare services has been the subject of much research. Despite the available evidence, young people continue to experience difficulties when transferring to adult care. Much of the …

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