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Healthcare Transition from Pediatric- to Adult-Focused Care: A Former Pediatric Nephrology Fellow’s Perspective

  • 1 Sai Sudha Mannemuddhu, MD, is a nephrologist at East Tennessee Children's Hospital and clinical assistant professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.
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Sai Sudha Mannemuddhu

One thought that stood out during the first year of my fellowship was “healthcare transition from pediatric- to adult-focused care.” When the chart and age indicated readiness for patients’ transitions, I was not prepared. There were a lot of questions. Are they ready? Are they going to do well? Will they be able to fulfill their dreams and goals? Are these feelings similar to what one encounters when dropping their child off at college? I wondered. I wasn’t sure.

What does transition mean? To understand this better, I decided to make a note of the words that