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Transition from Pediatric to Adult Care for Adolescents with Complex Chronic Conditions

Transition from pediatric to adult care for adolescents with severe chronic disorders is a major health care challenge, which might interfere with quality of care of these patients. Lisa Tuchman, M.D., M.P.H., and her team draw upon clinical and advocacy experience in caring for chronically ill adolescents and young adults by focusing research effects on improving the health care transition process from pediatric to adult-oriented care. Research aims to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of the delivery of chronic care management in the setting of healthcare transition.

Dr. Tuchman is PI on a Maternal and Child Health Bureau-funded grant aimed to address unmet mental health needs amount transition aged youth cared for at Children's National Hospital. She also serves as co-investigator on multiple federally funded projects designed to improve care transitions and self-management skills for chronically ill adolescents, including those with cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, and sickle cell disease and survivors of childhood cancer. This research contributes to the development of evidence-based transition programs in clinical settings nationwide.

Meet the Team