Conclusion

Young people with rheumatic disease should expect to become happy and effective participants in the adult world. Their health care provider should provide them with opportunities to learn about their strengths, abilities, skills, needs, and interests as well as allow them to take certain risks and to learn from failure. They need to assume responsibility for themselves and to understand the difference between the protected world of school, pediatric health care, and home and the world of work, adult health care, and adult life. Most of all, they must believe they are capable of success. These goals can be accomplished by comprehensive young-person-centered transition planning, understanding the resources available to them, and their health care providers. Together, the transition process will become easier and a successful experience for all.

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