Successful transitioning from pediatric to adult care
Physicians and staff of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Baylor University Medical Center have helped many patients move from pediatric to adult IBD care. Ideally, the transition occurs when the patient is healthy and the disease is in remission.
The conversion into adult care represents a critical process for children suffering from IBD. The IBD Center works with young patients, their families and pediatric GI specialists to create a smooth change into the adult care setting.
The center also works to help young adults become savvy decision-makers when it comes to managing IBD in adulthood with the goal of long-term remission and normal quality of life.
Young patients ready to transition to adult care typically:
- Exhibit maturity and responsibility in decision-making
Are more self-reliant and less dependent on parents when it comes to health decisions and taking medications
Are confident when speaking to medical professionals
- Know or ask questions about their IBD history, so they can share it with future providers