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Commentary on “Lessons Learned from Building a Pediatric-to-Adult Sickle Cell Transition Program”

Authors: Sara Mixter, MD, MPH, Rosalyn W. Stewart, MD, MS, MBA


In their article “Lessons Learned from Building a Pediatric-to-Adult Sickle Cell Transition Program,” which appears in this issue of the Southern Medical Journal, Smith and colleagues highlight the challenges of the healthcare transition for this already high-risk population.1 The problem cannot be understated.
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1. Smith WR, Sisler IY, Johnson S, et al. Lessons learned from building a pediatric-to-adult sickle cell transition program. South Med J 2019;112:190-197.
2. Quinn CT, Rogers ZR, McCavit TL, et al. Improved survival of children and adolescents with sickle cell disease. Blood 2010;115:3447-3452.
3. McLaughlin JF, Ballas SK. High mortality among children with sickle cell anemia and overt stroke who discontinue blood transfusion after transition to an adult program. Transfusion 2016;56:1014-1021.
4. White PW, Cooley WC, , Transitions Clinical Report Authoring Group, et al. Supporting the health care transition from adolescence to adulthood in the medical home. Pediatrics 2018;142:e20182587.