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How ready are young people with cardiac conditions to move to adult services?

And what about the parents?
A nurse talks to a teenager moving to adult services and her mother

What are lessons that can be learned from one study of young people with cardiac conditions and their parents as they make the move into adult services? Christine English looks at the evidence.

Burnström Ǻ, Mora MA, Öjmyr-Joelsson M et al (2019) Ready for transfer to adult care? A triadic evaluation of transition readiness in adolescents with congenital heart disease and their parents. Journal of Family Nursing. 25, 3, 447-468. doi: 10.1177/1074840719864255


To describe readiness levels of young people with congenital heart disease for transition to adult services, compare young people’s self-assessment of readiness for transition with parental assessments and examine transition readiness.


A total of 157 triads of young people aged 14 to 18 years, and their parents, were recruited from four Swedish hospitals.

Young people who had undergone transplantation, had impaired


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