We are committed to providing high-quality, developmentally appropriate care for all patients.
We believe that “developmental care” is a lens through which all pediatric care should be viewed. We believe that engaging the patient in a developmentally appropriate way is important. We strongly believe that children – even as young as 5 – should be actively involved in their medical care. If children grow up knowing their diagnoses, why they are being seen at the doctor’s office, learn to identify their medications, report on adherence and ask their providers questions, they will be more responsible with their care and will ultimately be better consumers of their healthcare.
Our providers will encourage school-age children to tell us their allergies, name their medications and why they take them, and describe in their own words why they are being seen at the doctor’s office. As children become teenagers, we will expect them to play a more active role in reporting their symptoms and their adherence to their medical regimen (for example, how consistently they take their medication or how frequently they perform catheterization). During adolescence, we will also ask to spend part of the appointment alone with the patients to encourage them to ask questions or express concerns confidentially.
Developmental care also includes making plans for transitioning children who will need ongoing urologic follow-up into adulthood. Adolescence and the transition to adulthood is an exciting time where teenagers identify new life goals and become responsible, independent individuals. During this time, patients make adult choices in various aspects of their lives (for example, attending college, first jobs, relationships). Healthcare needs also change with adulthood. In order to address and accommodate lifestyle choices along with changing healthcare needs, we actively work with families to ease the move from pediatric to adult care.
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We know that times of change can be stressful for children and their families. Our goal is to provide a safe and sound transition for all children who will require ongoing care.