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Research focus: the transition from child to adult care

This digest summarises three studies that seek to explore or prevent the gap between child and adult health services for young people with long term conditions.
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This digest summarises three studies that seek to explore or prevent the gap between child and adult health services for young people with long term conditions.

Transition from child to adult care – ‘It’s not a one-off event’: development of benchmarks to improve the experience

This work aimed to develop a clinical benchmarking tool to support the comparison and sharing of good practice in the transition of young people (YP).

A qualitative approach was adopted. Primary data were collected through focus groups with healthcare professionals ( n =36) and national experts ( n =21), and workshops with YP age 14 to 20 years ( n =9) and parents ( n =9). Data were analysed using content analysis. Secondary data were collected by searching national policies and guidelines.

A three stage process was followed. The

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