New Study Looks at Transitioning Children with Heart Problems to Adult Care

transitionCongenital heart defects (CHDs) are the most common type of birth defect. As medical care and treatment have advanced, children with a CHD are living longer and healthier lives. In this study, researchers looked at transition-related discussions between healthcare providers and parents of children with heart problems, including CHDs.

Researchers found that less than half of parents of children with heart problems discussed their child’s healthcare needs as an adult with a healthcare provider. Healthcare providers are encouraged to discuss transition planning with parents so that children can receive ongoing, appropriate medical care into adulthood.

You can find the full article by clicking on: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/chd.12476/full

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For More Information:

Congenital Heart Defects: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/heartdefects/facts.html

Living with Heart Defects: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/heartdefects/living.html

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