Making the Transition Easier

Transitioning from a pediatric to an adult hospital can be an overwhelming experience for patients and their families. A new app is currently in development to help make the transition easier.

The MyTransition App

Photo courtesy of Jessica Blackwood, CanChild

“We’re seeing more patients with chronic conditions survive into adulthood,” explains Dr. Jan Willem Gorter of McMaster Children’s Hospital. “The MyTransition app is designed to prepare patients between the ages of 12 and 18 to take charge of their health care as they approach adulthood, which is important because adolescents who are not prepared are more likely to be admitted to emergency rooms.”

The MyTransition app features several tools to aid patients in managing their health care needs, such as tips to help patients summarize their conditions, communicate with doctors and book appointments without the assistance of their parents. The app also contains information about a patient’s medical history and outlines any current treatment plans.

The pilot version of the app has been well received by patients and a new version is expected to be available in app stores this fall.

“We had a multidisciplinary team working on this project, including my co-principal investigator and adolescent medicine specialist, Dr. Christina Grant,” says Dr. Gorter. “Without the initial funding that was provided to our team by the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation gala, we wouldn’t have been able to develop the app and be successful in receiving additional research funding for a new study. We are very hopeful that this app will empower youth at McMaster Children’s Hospital and beyond.”