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Pediatric to Adult Transition in Sickle Cell Disease: Survey Results From Young Adult Patients

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source: Acta Haematologica

year: 2019

authors: Travis K, Wood A, Yeh P, Allahabadi S, Chien LC, Curtis S, Hammond A, Kohn J, Ogugbuaja C, Rees M, Shumway J, Sheehan V


We surveyed sickle cell disease (SCD) patients who transitioned from pediatric care at Texas Children’s Hematology Center (TCHC) to adult care to determine the characteristics of patients with an adult SCD provider, continuation rates of pre-transition therapies, and patient perceptions of the transition process.

A cross-sectional study was conducted by telephone survey of 44 young adults with SCD, aged 19-29 years, who transitioned from TCHC to adult care within the last 15 years.

Findings of the 23-item questionnaire revealed that transitioned patients with current adult providers (68.2%) were more likely to have seen a provider within 6 months of transition (p = 0.023) and to have been on hydroxyurea and/or monthly blood transfusions pre-transition (p = 0.021) than transitioned patients without a provider; 83% of patients on pre-transition hydroxyurea reported continuing hydroxyurea after transition. Transition challenges included inadequate preparation, difficulty finding knowledgeable adult providers, and lack of healthcare insurance/coverage.

Transition to adult providers is predicted by establishing care with an adult SCD provider within 6 months of transition and being on pre-transition disease-modifying therapy. Transition may be improved if pediatric hematology centers assist and verify adult provider contact within 6 months of transition and engage patients of all disease severity during transition.

organization: Baylor College of Medicine, USA

DOI: 10.1159/000500258

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