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Young people and transitional care in rheumatology 

Young people and transitional care in rheumatology
Young people and transitional care in rheumatology
Oxford Textbook of Rheumatology (4 ed.)

Janet E. McDonagh

and Helena Gleeson

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Young people are distinctly different from children and adults and as such require developmentally appropriate, youth-friendly rheumatology services to meet their medical and psychosocial needs. Adolescent development continues into the third decade of life and both influences and is affected by, health and illness (including rheumatic disease) during this time. Effective transitional care in rheumatology is underpinned by the core principles of adolescent medicine, self-management of long-term conditions, and a youth-friendly rheumatology service including staff trained in adolescent health.

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