Transition to adult services for children and young people with palliative care needs: a systematic review

Source: Archives Disease in Childhood, 2011, 96(1) p.78-84

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Date of publication: January 2011

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: This systematic review looks at the transition process from child to adult services for young people requiring palliative care. The impact of care provided is considered and this is accompanied by a discussion on what factors facilitate or act as a barrier to successful transition. The reviewers looked at 92 studies and their conclusions include:

  • There’s no evidence of transition services that address “palliative care” as an overall concept.
  • Transition programs that exist are mainly condition-specific.
  • No long-term outcome data exist to compare the effectiveness/cost effectiveness of the condition-specific or generic transition models.
  • Effective transition programs should be multidisciplinary, bespoke for the patient and navigated with the aid of a designated key worker.

Length of publication: 7 pages

Some important notes: This article is available in full text to all NHS Staff using Athens, for more information about accessing full text follow this link to find your local NHS Library.

Acknowledgement: BNI

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