- Menzies School of Health Research
- Royal Darwin Hospital
- Review what processes, timeframes, and supports were in place for adolescents with bronchiectasis to transition from paediatric to adult services in the Northern Territory from 2007 to 2021, so as to define steps for improvement.
- Recommend changes in workforce processes required to meet the needs of the patients and health care services.
Bronchiectasis is increasing being recognised to exist in all settings with a high burden of disease seen in First Nation populations. With increasing numbers of paediatric patients with chronic illnesses surviving into adulthood there is more awareness on examining the transition from paediatric to adult medical care services. This study involves a retrospective medical chart audit to describe what processes, timeframes, and supports were in place to transition young people (≥14 years) with bronchiectasis from paediatric to adult services in the Northern Territory (NT), Australia.
Implications for policy and practice:
To identify the need for a structured transition framework to support the transition from paediatric to adult medical care to ensure the continuation of health engagement to improve long-term health outcomes.
Project Manager / local lead:
- Mrs Kobi Schutz
- 2022 - 2024