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Brandi Middour-Oxler, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University Cystic Fibrosis Center, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA. Email bmiddou@emory.edu https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5343-7386

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  • COVID-19
  • chronic disease
  • cystic fibrosis
  • telemedicine
  • transition to adult care
  • transitions of care
  • young adult

Transition Planning for Chronic Illnesses in the Time of COVID-19.


Journal Title:

J Patient Exp


Volume 7, Number 6


, Pages 848-850

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Article | Final Publisher PDF


Transition from pediatric to adult care for those with chronic illnesses must have special considerations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has significantly disrupted social, economic, and health care practices globally. Young adults with special health care needs are at increased risk for poor outcomes during this unprecedented time. We have found that heightened anxiety, health care service disruption, and other logistical complications surrounding the new virus may further confound health care transitions. Increased communication and collaboration with young adults is necessary to provide patient-centered care and ensure they successfully cross the transition chasm.

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