BACKGROUND: Transition programmes are designed to prepare adolescent inflammatory bowel disease [IBD] patients for transfer to adult care. It is still unclear which outcome parameters define 'successful transition'. Therefore, this study aimed to identify outcomes important for success of transition in IBD. METHODS: A multinational Delphi study in patients, IBD nurses, and paediatric and adult gastroenterologists was conducted. In stage 1, panellists commented on an outcome list. In stage 2, the refined list was graded from 1 to 9 [least to very important], by an expert and a patient panel. In stage 3, the expert panel ranked important outcomes from 1 to 10 [least to most important]. Descriptive statistics and Mann-Whitney U-tests were performed. RESULTS: The final item list developed in stage 1 was tested by the expert [n = 74 participants, 52.7% paediatric] and patient panel [n = 61, aged 16-25 years, 49.2% male]. Respectively, ten and 11 items were found to be important by the expert and patient panel. Both panels agreed on eight of these items, of which six reflected self-management skills. In stage 3, the expert panel formed a top-ten list. The three most important items were: decision-making regarding IBD [mean score 6.7], independent communication [mean score 6.3] and patient satisfaction [mean score 5.8]. CONCLUSION: This is the first study identifying outcomes that IBD healthcare providers and patients deem important factors for successful transition. Self-management skills were considered more important than IBD-specific items. This is a first step to further define success of transition in IBD and subsequently evaluate the efficacy of different transition models.

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Keywords IBD, outcome, success, transfer, transition
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Journal Journal of Crohn's and Colitis

Article History a little unclear:
"Published: 14 February 2019
Corrected and typeset: 29 March 2019"

van den Brink, G, van Gaalen, M.A.C. (Martha A C), de Ridder, L, van der Woude, C.J. (C Janneke), & Escher, J.C. (2019). Health Care Transition Outcomes in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Multinational Delphi Study. Journal of Crohn's and Colitis, 13(9), 1163–1172. doi:10.1093/ecco-jcc/jjz044