Transition of Care from Pediatric to Adult Congenital Cardiology

What is Transition?

Transition refers to a shift in the responsibility of healthcare management from the family to the patient, and transfer of care from a pediatric to adult congenital cardiologist.

Goals of a Formal Transition Program
  • Prepare young adults for transfer of care
  • Provide uninterrupted health care that is patient-centered, age/developmentally appropriate, flexible & comprehensive
  • Include age-appropriate education about medical conditions


Why is Transition Important?
  • Longer life span for children born with CHD
  • Need for life-long and consistent medical care
  • Accepting responsibility for one’s self
  • Making independent decisions

Timing of Transition
  • Process begins in pediatric setting
  • Transition is a process, ultimately leading to transfer

Ultimate Goal of Transition


Optimize quality of life


Increase life expectancy


Increase future productivity