The Importance of Planning

One of the key attributes of components of transition, and indeed of adolescence itself, is envisioning a future for the young person (34). In the context of a chronic condition, planning is essential for success. Individualized transition plans have been advocated for young people by several authors (25,27,35), but it is worth considering similar plans for parents as their son/daughter moves through adolescence. An example of such a plan for parents of adolescents in the 14- to 16-year-old age group is shown in Table 3. Such plans were considered to be important to use by rheumatology professionals (27) and were successfully completed by the majority of parents in an evaluation of a transitional care programme involving 10 U.K. centers (33).

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