Rheumatology Transition from Pediatric Care

Transition of Care for Young Patients
Rheumatologic childhood diseases, such as juvenile idiopathic arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, myositis, and vasculitis, often last beyond adolescence. This means that, as they age, many patients must transition from a pediatric setting to adult health care, such as the Virginia Mason Rheumatology Department.

Our priority is to help younger patients feel comfortable and confident in making this important transition. We not only help our patients secure needed resources, but also teach them how to be their own health care advocate. While family members, guardians and former doctors are all invited to be part of the process, the emphasis is on each patient taking charge of the decisions affecting his or her care. Learn more about transitioning from the pediatric setting to adult health care by calling us at (206) 223-6824.

How the Transition from Pediatric Care Works
Our immediate concern is ensuring there is no disruption of care or treatment for new patients. We do this by helping them establish a relationship with a doctor dedicated to facilitating a smooth transition from their pediatric clinic to care provided at Virginia Mason. This process begins with patients completing a comprehensive health history form, even before the first visit. Medical records from their pediatric clinic will also be requested and reviewed.

We schedule an extended block of time for every patient's first visit to the Virginia Mason Rheumatology Department. This ensures new patients have plenty of time to discuss their condition and concerns, and their doctor can fully assess their current health status. Following this initial visit and assessment, a personalized treatment plan is developed to address each patient's specific needs and concerns. 

Patients are encouraged to participate in the development of their care plan and to ask questions to their health care providers.

Virginia Mason Resources Mean Better Care
Being located within the nationally recognized health care system of Virginia Mason allows the Rheumatology Department to offer exceptional services that include:

  • A subspecialist referral network incorporating such services as pulmonary and cardiology, ensuring patients receive the best in coordinated care provided by highly-skilled specialists
  • Assistance with health insurance so patients receive the treatment they need when they need it
  • Access to primary care doctors
  • Information about support groups and services 

Our Clinics are Located Throughout Puget Sound
In addition to downtown Seattle, Virginia Mason provides rheumatology services in Federal Way, Kirkland, Lynnwood and Bainbridge Island. See the listing of providers at each location.

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