Transition Tools and Supports
The Good 2 Go team members are available to assist individual programs in developing and integrating transition related practices and customizing tools within their programs. Since starting our program in 2006, over 50 different ambulatory programs at SickKids have sought support or education, used Good 2 Go resources and/or have identified a Transition Champion—someone who leads efforts to provide quality transition programming to patients and families at SickKids. Are you the next Transition Champion?
The following section includes links to a number of interventions that health-care providers can use at various stages of the transition process. For example, Clinical Pathways and Help Them Grow…so They’re Good 2 Go” Timelines in the Easy Intervention section can be used with families to identify ways to encourage young children and youth to participate in their own health care. We are starting to develop ways for bedside health-care providers to discuss transitions during inpatient stays with Activities for Inpatients . In some cases, programs have utilized Good 2 Go to get support in organizing events such as a “Graduation Day” or “Transition Workshops” for all patients with upcoming transfers—see the section on Patient and Family Education Events for more ideas. Program-Specific Transfer Clinics , Graduation Ideas and Preparing for First Adult Appointments tools can also be used with older patients, as they get closer to graduating from SickKids, to help them get ready to enter the adult health care system. We’ve included some other ideas for supporting patients, for example, Developing a Transition Website and links to Guidelines for Transition developed by provincial and national organizations.
See the following links for ideas on how to improve your clinic’s transition programming:
Activities for Inpatients
Patient and Family Education Events
Program-specific Transfer Clinics
Preparing for First Adult Appointments
Developing a Transition Website
Guidelines for Transition
We encourage all practitioners to incorporate transition preparation and self-management skill development into regular interactions with all patients and families. Good 2 Go can suggest specific interventions and ways to use resources in practice to help facilitate smooth transitions depending on your clinic’s needs and the needs of your patients. Contact us for additional consultation and support.