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Making the Transition

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Making the transition to an adult health care provider can seem scary or overwhelming. It helps to have an idea of what questions to ask and how to ask them. Tell your new doctor everything you can about yourself, and be honest. Write down any questions you have before your appointment so you don't forget what you want to know. These tips can help you think about how to talk to your doctor.

How to make your transition to an adult provider easier...

  • Learn about your health insurance and the coverage you have.
  • Know what your health care needs are and how to explain them to another adult.
  • Know the phone numbers of your health care providers and specialists.
  • Make a list of your medical conditions, if you’ve had surgery (include dates if you can remember and the reason for the surgery), and if you have spent time in the hospital for any other reason. Be sure to write down when and what you were treated for.
  • Make a list of any medications you take on a regular basis. Include prescription medicine as well as any over-the-counter medication (be sure to write down why you take the medicine and for what symptoms).
  • Find out if you have any allergies to medications or food.
  • Keep your own personal record of your medical conditions, medications and allergies
  • Know how to get a copy of your medical records from your previous providers. Your new health care provider will need them before your first appointment.
  • Keep your medical appointments so you will stay healthy.

Source: Boston Children's Hospital.

For more tools and resources about transition, visit Got Transition.