Improving the transition between paediatric and adult healthcare: a systematic review

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This systematic review aims to evaluate programmes for transition from paediatric to adult care for effectiveness and identify which components of the programmes make them successful. The authors found six studies which demonstrated statistically significant improvement after intervention in the transition process, all amongst patients with diabetes. 

The strategies used in successful programmes were specific transition clinics and patient education. The authors question, however, whether the evidence base from patients with diabetes mellitus can be generalised to other chronic conditions.

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