Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Finding the Right New Team

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Finding the Right New Team

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I urge you to ask your current team for advice on where to look locally/regionally. It is not easy to do a web search to find these practices (wouldn't that be nice).

As a physician that has an interest in the care of young adults with special health care needs, I hear from patients and families all the time about how hard it is to find a physician that is willing, knowledgeable and accessible to be the primary care physician and/or be the specialist physician once a person with a complex history turns 18-21 years of age.

In general, years have gone into developing a strong relationship to a physician or team of physicians and other professionals only to have to start again in many instances. This leaves patients and families vulnerable to the potential medical consequences of not having the right care (e.g. more hospitalizations, worsened diabetic control, more transplants lost) and the tremendous anxieties that go along with the process of finding the "right new team."

As a physician board certified in both internal medicine (care of adults) and pediatrics (care of children) or "Med-Peds," I care for patients/families of all ages and all types of conditions and I am not alone. …

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