For a young patient with chronic kidney disease, the transition from pediatric to adult renal care systems can be difficult and challenging. The Pediatric-to-Adult Nephrology Transition Clinic at Barnes-Jewish Hospital is helping make that passage proceed as smoothly as possible.
The goal of the clinic, which meets once a month, is to help guide young adults in the management of their own health care. A highly personalized plan of care is devised for each patient.
The clinic was established by Michael Rauchman, MD, Chromalloy Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, who works closely with the Division of Pediatric Nephrology at St. Louis Children’s Hospital since many of the patients have been treated there for their kidney disease for extended periods of time.
Dr. Rauchman meets the patient and family at a Children’s Hospital clinic visit before they come to the Center for Advanced Medicine for their adult care. This initial visit at the Children’s Hospital helps builds trust and lets the families know that the adult and pediatric providers are in communication with each other to assure the best care possible for the young patient.
In the News:
- Dr. Rauchman discusses the importance of the Pediatric-to-Adult Nephrology Transition Clinic in the feature article “Optimizing Transitions to Adult Kidney Care” in our Spring 2022 Nephrology Update Newsletter.
- The mother of one of the clinic’s patients talks about how Dr. Rauchman helped with the change in renal care for her young adult son here.