Project Title/Research Interests: Hospitalization Patterns and Emergency Department Use during Transition Period: Analysis of Experience for Those with Chronic Illnesses

Health care transition refers to the process of individuals moving from one patient setting to another. If transitions are not planned appropriately, such processes may result in increased risks to patient safety and poor quality care. This project examines young adults with special health care needs as they transition from the pediatric setting. Specifically, this research project will focus on understanding facilitators and barriers to successful transition as well as translating theories of transition processes into actual medical practices. This is a multidisciplinary research project that will integrate methods and subject matter material from the following disciplines: health services research, econometrics, health policy, biostatistics, and medicine.