Perceptions About Telehealth Aiding in the Transition Process from Pediatric Health Care to Adult Health Care for Children with Medical Complexities

Title

Perceptions About Telehealth Aiding in the Transition Process from Pediatric Health Care to Adult Health Care for Children with Medical Complexities

College

College of Health Sciences

Program

Ph.D. Health Services Research

Publication Date

3-28-2019

Abstract

Continuity of care for children with medical complexity, a subset of youth with special health care needs, transitioning from pediatric health care to adult health care is often a concern for both patients and providers. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released guidelines stating that 20 years of surveys and studies, both from the state and community levels, continue to reveal that youth with special health care needs and their families do not obtain the support needed to effectively make the transition from pediatric health care to adult health care. (White & Cooley, 2018) With the advancement of technology, could telehealth, specifically synchronous communication, become a viable option to assist in the transition from pediatric health care to adult health care? One study noted that telehealth synchronous communication, when coupled with care coordination, significantly impacted planned visits to a pediatric health care provider versus unplanned visits to a pediatric health care provider for children with medical complexity ages 2-15 years old when compared to the control group. (McKissick, Cady, Looman & Finkelstein, 2017) The goal of this research aims to provide insights into the perceptions and use of telehealth, from a patient’s perspective, and how those perceptions frame beliefs about and during the transition process from pediatric health care to adult health care. Results from a pre/post survey will be analyzed after experience with the telehealth invention.

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