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Study cites weak care transition for young diabetics

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MedPage Today reports on a troubling lack of coordination “between providers treating young adults with type 1 diabetes transitioning from pediatric to adult care, along with inadequate access to mental-heath providers for referral of young-adult patients.”
“Just one-third of nonpediatric endocrinologists surveyed reported having access to their transitioning patients’ pediatric records, even though three out of four felt that reviewing these records was important.”

Katharine Garvey, M.D., MPH, and colleagues from Boston Children’s Hospital wrote in the journal Diabetes Care that “Fewer than 15% of responding endocrinologists reported having a phone conversation or email exchange with their young adult patient’s pediatric diabetes provider or receiving a formal transition medical summary.”






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