Korean J Gastroenterol.  2021 May;77(5):227-230. 10.4166/kjg.2021.065.

How Can We Do Transition Successfully from Pediatric to Adult Clinics in Inflammatory Bowel Disease?  

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  • 1Departments of Pediatrics , Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 2Departments of Medicine , Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

Abstract

With the increasing incidence of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in children and its impact throughout life, transition care has become an important issue. In Korea, no guidelines have been proposed to support the transition from the pediatric clinic to the adult IBD clinic. This paper reviews the current issues related to IBD patient care during the transition from pediatrics to adults to identify the barriers and critical elements for a successful transition. Thus far, a multi-disciplinary pediatric/adult clinic or alternate visits between pediatric and adult health care providers is the best model for pediatric to adult IBD clinics. Self-reliance and independence of patients with pediatric IBD are also essential for a successful transition. In addition, the timing of the transition from a pediatric clinic to an adult IBD clinic should not be determined because the issue is not the chronological age but rather the individual maturity.

Keyword

Inflammatory bowel diseases; Child; Adult; Transition to adult care
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