Transition Guide for Diabetic Adolescents: From Pediatric to Adult Diabetes Care Providers

Patience is Key

The people that are involved in the transition process should also be patient with the adolescent’s pace. They should understand that it will take time for him or her to adjust to the new changes and allow the person to move at his or her own pace. Meet-ups should also be made flexible and easily accessible for the adolescent. They must also be able to build rapport as to boost the adolescent’s confidence in the process. The entire process should also be founded on what the adolescent’s needs are and how they should be met.

Another way for the people involved in the transition process to make things easier for the adolescent is to educate him or her about the symptoms, treatment, and type of diabetes that the person is diagnosed with. Plans and goals should also be discussed as to avoid ambiguity and conflict between the people involved in the transition process.