Improving Epilepsy Care

Transitions of Care

Moving from pediatric to adult health care: helpful information to ensure a successful transition

Did you know,

chronic health conditions affect approximately 25 percent of the 18 million U.S. young adults ages 18 to 21 who should be transitioning to adult-centered health care?

Transition of care is a process for young adults to maintain access to medical care in order to attain life- long functioning and well-being. For one in four children living with a neurological condition, resources to help guide the transition from pediatric to adult health care have been limited. In fact, fewer than 50% of children with special health care needs aged 12 to 17 years indicate they received adequate support and services for their transition to adult care, and ethnic minorities and children living in poverty appear to be at significantly increased risk for suboptimal care during this period.

To help address the challenges associated with the transition process, Eisai co-sponsored the development of a consensus statementA document developed by an independent panel of experts based on a review of research literature.
View the Consensus Statement.
in 2016 by the Child Neurology Foundation and endorsed by American Academy of Neurology, Child Neurology Society and American Academy of Pediatrics.*

New: Tools to Support Successful Transitions of Care

Building on the consensus statement, Eisai and the Child Neurology Foundation have partnered to develop tools to help young patients with epilepsy, their caregivers and healthcare professionals navigate successful transitions from pediatric to adult care.

Virtual Infographic

This tool guides patients and caregivers through the eight common principles necessary for a successful transition. In this PDF you will find information designed to give either a patient or caregiver helpful information to support each step of the transitions of care process.

More Information About Transitions of Care

The consensus statement was developed by an independent panel of experts and provides recommendations on the medical transition process. It includes the following five neurological conditions as examples:

  • Generalized epilepsy
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Fragile X
  • Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

As a company dedicated to advancing epilepsy care, and in line with our corporate human health care (hhc) mission, Eisai hopes this consensus statement will provide useful information to the health care community, including patients and caregivers, to help make improvements in the transition of care.

*All content was solely developed by the Child Neurology Foundation.