U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Transitions: From Pediatric to Adult Health Care

Transitioning from teenage years to adulthood can be stressful for teens with diabetes and their families. Teens and young adults need to assume more responsibility for diabetes self-management and make more independent judgments about their health care needs.

NDEP has assembled the materials below to help teens with diabetes make a smooth transition to adult health care. Families and health care professionals will also find these materials helpful.

NDEP has also developed a slide set with information about transitioning from pediatric to adult health care for health care professionals and community organizations to help explain and promote this resource. View or download promotional tools here.

Transition Planning Checklist

Transition Planning Checklist

​​A timeline to help all involved prepare for the transition process and adjust to new demands.​​
Help Planning Your Transition

Help Planning Your Transition

​​Links to resources such as videos, message boards, social networks, workbooks, checklists and guides.
Information for the New Health Care Team

Information for the New Health Care Team (PDF, 268 KB)

​​A summary of the teen's health status to be completed with the pediatric team and provided to the adult care team.​​


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) is jointly sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the support of more than 200 partner organizations.

This information is not copyrighted. The NIDDK encourages people to share this content freely.

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