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SP0064 To be and to become: reflections on my transition
  1. W Olsder
  1. YOUTH-R-WELL.COM, Groningen, Netherlands

Abstract

The importance of successfully transitioning pediatric patients to adult care is increasingly recognized across a wide range of health care providers. However, there are still many challenges occurring during the transition phase. This presentation will contribute to these challenges by sharing the journey of a young person with arthritis on the transition to adult care.

As a young patient with arthritis, I made the journey from pediatric care to adult care a couple of years ago. I am diagnosed with arthritis since I was 14 years old. In this presentation, I will show the experiences of my own transition. Furthermore, as the chair of Youth-R-Well.com, an organization for young people with RMDs in the Netherlands, I will share some of the main points around transition I learned from other young patients. For every person, the transition to adult care is experienced different. Therefore, I will try to give some main answers from personal journeys on the questions: How is the transition experienced by a young patient? What are the current challenges faced by a young patient during the transition? What should be the role of the parents during the transition? What are best practices for the transition to adult care?

Disclosure of Interest None declared

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