Identifying Features of Approaches to Supporting Transitions from Child to Adult Care for Young People with Special Healthcare Needs

Transition rapid synthesis

McMaster Health Forum conducted this rapid review that explores the features of novel approaches to supporting transitions from child to adult care for young people with special healthcare needs in Canada.

Four broad focus areas emerged from the relevant systematic reviews: 1) key features of service-user, provider- and organization-focused transition interventions; 2) stakeholder views and experiences with approaches for supporting transitional care; 3) barriers and facilitators for supporting transitional care; and 4) recommendations for improving transitional care.

In addition, the jurisdictional scan identified 13 tools that assisted with transition. Insights of key informants from the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia as well as from Australia, the U.S, and the Netherlands gave context to the results and clarified which features are effective in practice.

Citation

Voorheis P, Wilson MG, Scallan E. Rapid synthesis: Identifying features of novel approaches to supporting transitions from child to adult care for young people with special healthcare needs in Canada. Hamilton: McMaster Health Forum, 27 March 2020.

Funding

The rapid-response program through which this synthesis was prepared is funded by the Scotiabank Chair in Child Health Research held by Dr. Jan Willem Gorter. The McMaster Health Forum receives both financial and in-kind support from McMaster University.