PEDIATRIC SERIES: Transitioning Adolescents into Adult Care
Dr. Parag Shah offers an introduction to the health care transition of adolescents into adult care. This will include formal and academic definitions and best practices, along with a review of some of the common tools used by pediatric institutions to help ensure patients receive a smooth transition.
In this presentation, we will also review some leading institutional resources providing support for transition to adult care, and finally cover some of the many social programs that exist and change when youth enter the adult world.
Parag Shah, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Chronic Illness Transition Program
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Parag Shah, MD, MPH is a general pediatric hospitalist working at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. He serves as the medical director of the Chronic Illness Transition Program, which runs a life skills program, a transition clinic and a workforce development program for young adults to help them ease their transition to adulthood and adult healthcare. In addition, the team conducts consults to other medical divisions and collaborates with community organizations to enhance transition to adult care services.