Background: In this short report, we use data from a previous cohort study to explore the relationship between five out of eight consensus indicators for successful transition and patient-reported outcomes in young adulthood. Methods: Data came from a 6-year cohort study that consisted of a survey among 518 young adults with various chronic conditions and a review of their electronic patient records. Associations between five indicators for successful transition and background variables and patient-reported outcomes were explored with Spearman's r. Significant variables were included in stepwise (logistic) regression analyses with transition outcomes as dependent variables. Results: The indicators relate to some extent to better healthcare-related transition outcomes, but not to autonomy in participation. The explained variance of the models varied from 9.7% to 26.4%. The change in explained variance after adding indicators varied from 2% to 16%. Conclusions: The challenge of translating the definition of transition into holistic indicators remains. The current consensus indicators are a good start, but there is more to transition than transfer.

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Child: Care, Health and Development
Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM)

Sattoe, J., Hilberink, S., & van Staa, A. (2017). How to define successful transition? An exploration of consensus indicators and outcomes in young adults with chronic conditions. Child: Care, Health and Development, 43(5), 768–773. doi:10.1111/cch.12436