Essential components of transition to adult transplant services: the transplant coordinators' perspective

Lerret, S. M.; Menendez, J.; Weckwerth, J.; Lokar, J.; Mitchell, J.; Alonso, E. M.

Prog Transplant. 2012 Sep 7; 22(3):252-8

Abstract

Context-Medical and surgical advancements have resulted in improved long-term survival of pediatric liver transplant recipients. As pediatric patients approach school age and adolescence, transplant centers are challenged to facilitate the process of transitioning from pediatric to adult centers.Objective-To describe pediatric and adult liver transplant coordinators' perspective regarding practice for transitioning patients to adult-oriented transplant centers.Design-DescriptiveSetting-Pediatric and adult liver transplant coordinators associated with Studies of Pediatric Liver Transplantation.Participants-A total of 35 pediatric liver transplant coordinators and 24 adult liver transplant coordinators completed the survey.Method-Investigator-developed survey to identify current practice for transition process and actual transfer of a patient from pediatric to adult care.Results-Transplant coordinators play an integral role in the transition process, and study results highlight what experienced coordinators believe are important considerations for a successful transition process. Results also highlight the importance of communication and partnership between the pediatric and adult programs.

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