“Transition is the purposeful, planned movement of adolescents and young adults with chronic physical and medical conditions from child-centered to adult-oriented health care systems.”
(Blum et al, 1993)
At CMO we are committed to providing outstanding care to infants, children, and adolescents as they grow and develop. We believe strongly that children are not “just small adults” and we treat them accordingly for both medical and developmental concerns. However, this process of growth, development, and emotional maturation, does naturally come to an end — children become adults.
In early adolescence, we start treating our patients differently — we give them more responsibility for their health maintenance, and encourage independence in their self-care and advocacy (see our Adolescent Confidentiality Policy). We believe that by teaching adolescents how to care for their bodies and talk to physicians about their ailments, they are better able to transition into adulthood and assume adult roles and activities.