The "combined team" transition clinic model in endocrinology results in high adherence rates and patient satisfaction

Orit Twito, Rachel Shatzman-Steuerman, Nitzan Dror, Dan Nabriski, Alon Eliakim

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Abstract

Background: A structured transition process for young adults with chronic medical conditions from pediatric to adult clinics is strongly promoted. However, the most appropriate transition model has not yet been determined. This study evaluated the effect of a "combined team" Endocrinology Transition Clinic model, including a joint meeting with the patient and pediatric and adult endocrinologists, regarding medical treatment, adherence to follow-up and patient satisfaction with the process. Methods: Clinical and demographic data of patients admitted to the Endocrinology Transition Clinic were collected. The clinical impact of the transition meeting was evaluated based on treatment modifications and patient adherence to follow-up. Patient satisfaction was evaluated using a questionnaire. Results: From September 2014 through November 2018, 107 patients attended the Endocrinology Transition Clinic, 85.0% were females, mean age 19.7 ± 2.2 years (range 16- 29), 97.2% were unmarried. The most common endocrine disorders were obesity (41.1%), Hashimoto's thyroiditis (41.1%) and ovarian hyperandrogenism (38.3%). The Transition Clinic visit modified treatment and/or evaluation for 48 (44.8%) patients. Adherence to follow-up in the adult clinic was 82.9% and was not associated with gender (p = 0.366), ethnicity (p = 0.725), age at transition (p = 0.479) or obesity (p = 0.375). Overall satisfaction reported by 65/85 patients was high (86.8%), although higher among patients who were adherent to follow-up (89.4% vs. 65.6%, p = 0.006). Conclusions: The "combined team" transition model in endocrinology requires relatively few resources and has considerable clinical impact, high adherence to followup and high patient satisfaction rate. Implementing this model at the interface of pediatric and adult endocrinology units, and possibly in other medical fields, is feasible and efficient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-511
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism
Volume32
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2019

Keywords

  • adherence
  • adolescents
  • combined team model
  • patient satisfaction
  • transition clinic
  • transition in endocrinology

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