Programmes to support paediatric to adult healthcare transitions for youth with complex care needs and their families: A scoping review Journal Articles uri icon

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  • AbstractBackgroundAn increasing number of children have complex care needs (CCN) that impact their health and cause limitations in their lives. More of these youth are transitioning from paediatric to adult healthcare due to complex conditions being increasingly associated with survival into adulthood. Typically, the transition process is plagued by barriers, which can lead to adverse health consequences. There is an increased need for transitional care interventions when moving from paediatric to adult healthcare. To date, literature associated with this process for youth with CCN and their families has not been systematically examined.ObjectivesThe objective of this scoping review is to map the range of programmes in the literature that support youth with CCN and their families as they transition from paediatric to adult healthcare.MethodsThe review was conducted in accordance with the Joanna Briggs Institute's methodology for scoping reviews. A search, last run in April 2021, located published articles in PubMed, CINAHL, ERIC, PsycINFO and Social Work Abstracts databases.ResultsThe search yielded 1523 citations, of which 47 articles met the eligibility criteria. A summary of the article characteristics, programme characteristics and programme barriers and enablers is provided. Overall, articles reported on a variety of programmes that focused on supporting youth with various conditions, beginning in the early or late teenage years. Financial support and lack of training for care providers were the most common transition program barriers, whereas a dedicated transition coordinator, collaborative care, transition tools and interpersonal support were the most common enablers. The most common patient‐level outcome reported was satisfaction.DiscussionThis review consolidates available information about interventions designed to support youth with CCN transitioning from paediatric to adult healthcare. The results will help to inform further research, as well as transition policy and practice advancement.


  • Doucet, Shelley
  • Splane, Jennifer
  • Luke, Alison
  • Asher, Kathryn E
  • Breneol, Sydney
  • Pidduck, Jackie
  • Grant, Amy
  • Dionne, Emilie
  • Scott, Cathie
  • Keeping‐Burke, Lisa
  • McIsaac, Jessie‐Lee
  • Gorter, Jan Willem
  • Curran, Janet

publication date

  • September 2022