Strategies For Working With Parents In Adolescent Rheumatology Clinic Settings

Transitional care must include parents, acknowledging the dynamics of parents' evolving role as the young person moves from childhood through adolescence and, ultimately, into adulthood. In a national survey of professionals, a fifth of respondents reported difficulties with parents with respect to over protectiveness, adolescent-parent conflicts, denial of transitional issues, and consent during the transition process (27).

There are many simple strategies that health professionals can employ to limit the impact of and/or avoid such difficulties thereby facilitating a smooth transition through adolescence for young person and parent alike. Examples of these strategies are detailed in Table 1, and a few of these are discussed in detail below.

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