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Gathering expert opinion to inform benchmarks to support transitional care

Aldiss, Susie and Gibson, Faith (2018) Gathering expert opinion to inform benchmarks to support transitional care Journal of Child Health Care.

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This study aimed to: 1) explore views of known experts leading on transition, 2) gather insights on the essential features of transitional care models, 3) highlight opportunities for and barriers to change: to inform core elements of benchmarks for transitional care. We held three workshops (n=20), and used a telephone interview (n=1) with health and social care professionals with expertise working with young people with a range of health conditions and disabilities. The workshops included individual brainstorming, and group discussion. Data were analysed using qualitative content analysis. The general consensus from stakeholders’ discussions about transition was that, ‘things have become stuck’. Themes included: professionals’ attitudes towards and knowledge about young people and transition, organisational barriers and ‘lack of joined up thinking’ between services. Our work offers further insight into experts’ perceptions of transition services within the United Kingdom. It is clear there is still much to be done to improve transition, to better meet the needs of young people and parents and begin to offer equitable access to transitional care programmes. The benchmarks offer a starting point for professionals seeking to improve transition through enabling the identification of gaps in services and providing a platform to share successful practice initiatives.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Authors :
Date : 18 June 2018
DOI : 10.1177/1367493518780486
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2018 SAGE Publications
Uncontrolled Keywords : Adolescents; Workshop; Focus groups; Chronic illness; Transition; Young adults
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 16 May 2018 09:22
Last Modified : 09 Oct 2018 14:56

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