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Monitoring adolescents and young people with inflammatory bowel disease during transition to adult healthcare
  1. Alenka J Brooks*,1,
  2. Philip J Smith*,2,
  3. James O Lindsay3,4
  1. 1Academic Department of Gastroenterology, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK
  2. 2Centre for Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Royal Free Hospital, London, UK
  3. 3Bart's Health NHS Trust, The Royal London Hospital, London, UK
  4. 4Centre for Immunology and Infectious Disease, Blizard Institute, Barts and the London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr James O Lindsay, Bart's Health NHS Trust, The Royal London Hospital, London E1 1BB, UK; James.Lindsay{at}bartshealth.nhs.uk

Abstract

The transition of adolescents and young people (AYP) with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) from paediatric to adult healthcare requires coordination between healthcare care providers to achieve optimum outcomes. Transition into adulthood is a time of major challenges physically, developmentally, emotionally and psychosocially for AYP living with IBD. Healthcare professionals must monitor the AYP progress proactively with attention to each of these parameters throughout the transition period to ensure that milestones are attained, and skills for self-management are formed. Thus, achieving the desired goals in both clinical and pastoral areas requires intensive monitoring from a multidisciplinary team across healthcare providers.

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  • *AJB and PJS are co-first authors.

  • Correction notice This article has been corrected since it published Online First. Figure 2 has been updated.

  • Twitter Follow Alenka Brooks @alenkabrooks and Philip Smith @DrPhilipJSmith

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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