Transition Medicine is a specialized and unique discipline. While it provides medical care to young adults with chronic illnesses and disabilities, its second - and equally important - mission is to enhance the lives of these young adults, who will face unique hardships. Therefore, rather than conducting research in treatment or eradication of the various diseases such young adults face - which is already addressed in the corresponding areas of medicine, this population's greatest need is in flawless care and support.
Quality improvement allows the Section of Transition Medicine to continuously study, revise, and improve the methods of delivery of care and support for young adults transitioning out of pediatric care. Handoff processes, referral systems, paper-versus-electronic data transmission, case management conferences, and more are part of the support system such a patient will require. Focus groups with patients and providers are scheduled year-round to get their feedback through surveys and assessments. This allows the section's caregivers to deliver highly specialized and individualized plans for a patient's clinical self-management. The data the section retrieves remains current and extremely detailed so that every patient who is aged into the care of the Section of Transition Medicine will receive exactly the right highly specialized regimen of contacts, goals and schedules, so as to make their transition into self-care seamless and painless.
Through this highly specialized and detailed research, caregivers in Transition Medicine can take a patient's personal data along with family history, treatment options for his or her particular disease or disability, and treatment history, and create a one-of-a-kind, long-term treatment plan, based on the quality improvement reviews and recommendations for previous patients with similar backgrounds, diseases or disabilities, family work-ups, and psychological profiles.