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Integrating transition readiness assessment into clinical practice: Adaptation of the UNC TRXANSITION index into the Cerner electronic medical record

Published:December 16, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2022.11.032

      Abstract

      Purpose

      To describe the process of developing, and evaluating the feasibility and acceptability of, an EMR-based transition readiness assessment.

      Design and methods

      A Cerner-based version of the UNC TRxANSITION Index was implemented across four pediatric subspecialty clinics: epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease; type 1 diabetes, oncology survivorship. The feasibility was assessed by each's clinic's ability to meet form completion goals and their assessment rate. Acceptability was assessed via family refusal rate, a staff-completed feedback questionnaire, and whether the form was adopted into routine clinical care after completion of the pilot study.

      Results

      All clinics met form completion goals (N = 10/clinic). The assessment rate ranged from 66 to 100% across clinics. No families refused completion of the form. Most staff (70%) reported completing the form in <10 min. Staff reported on challenges experienced and provided recommendations to streamline administration and enhance clinical care. All staff reported the form helped them identify knowledge gaps in their patients. Two clinics continued using the form following completion of the pilot study.

      Conclusions

      Implementation was most feasible in clinics that were well-staffed and had lengthier patient visits, however, time and staff resources were the biggest challenges to implementation across clinics. Based on staff feedback to improve efficiency and developmentally-tailor assessment, the form will be divided into Beginner Skills and Advanced Skills.

      Practical implications

      Integrating transition readiness assessment into the EMR has the potential to improve clinical care by facilitating staff's ability to efficiently identify knowledge gaps in their transition-aged patients and intervene.

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