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Transition from pediatric to adult health care is a critical component of care for youth and young adults, especially those with chronic conditions, but few families receive guidance on this process from providers. This article provides a comprehensive framework for health care transition, which identifies gaps and proposes measures to help improve this process. Additional attention must be paid to measuring the quality of transition to stimulate practice improvement and ensure accountability.

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Without a structured transition process from pediatric to adult care, youth with special health care needs can experience gaps in care leading to problems with...