Pediatrics

Transitioning from Pediatrics to Primary Care

One of the many processes a young adult goes through as they get older is transitioning from a pediatrician to a primary care doctor. When exactly to do this depends on the individual. Typically, this is done between the ages of 18 and 21. However, patients with complex health issues may remain with their pediatrician longer than other patients. The healthcare experts at TriHealth will be there to guide you through the process whenever you are ready.

Internal Medicine or Family Medicine?

A pediatrician is a doctor that focuses on health care for children. A family medicine doctor specializes in medical treatments for patients of all ages. If a patient is seeing a pediatrician then a decision will need to be made on whether to transition to internal medicine or family medicine. If the patient is already seeing a family medicine doctor, there is no need to switch. TriHealth has a large network of primary care providers available for when the decision is made.

Helpful Tips for Switching to Adult Primary Care

  • Start the discussion with your pediatrician early. The transition away from a pediatrician is like advancing from middle school to high school to post-high school education.
  • Ask your current provider for a referral.
  • Check with your insurance provider for a list of providers that are in their network.
  • Make sure you know your family medical history.
  • Ask about your health records. These will need to be transferred to the new doctor.
  • If you have a complex health history, ask your pediatrician to do a “warm handoff” with your new doctor.

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