Date of Award
College of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Transition Care Programs (TCPs) were created with the goal to facilitate transfer of care from pediatric care facilities to adult care facilities, as health deterioration is commonly seen in the adult with pediatric disease. University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital created a TCP for youths with congenital heart disease to aid in their transition to appropriate adult specialized care facilities. This program began in 2014 and had yet to have an evaluation. The purpose of this project is to evaluate the success of the current Transition Care Program from Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Heart Center to the University of Washington’s Adult Congenital Heart Disease clinic. Findings showed a higher correlation with appropriate transition to adult care when more transitional care educational sessions are attended. Successful transitions came from meeting the adult provider prior to transitioning care, establishing a relationship, and being educated about the individual’s condition and the importance of continued specialized care. Recommendations were made for increased patient satisfaction surveys and continued evaluation of appropriate patient follow-up care.
Schwaegler, Sarah, "Efficacy of An Adult Congenital Heart Disease Transition Care Program: A Program Evaluation" (2021). Doctor of Nursing Practice Projects. 17.