How Ready are They? Parents of Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant Recipients and the Transition from Hospital to Home Following Transplant
Abstract: Poor discharge transition is evidence of a gap between evidence‐based practices and current health care delivery. Pediatric SOT recipients are a vulnerable population at risk of complications during the discharge transition. The aim of this study was to investigate factors associated with the transition care from hospital to home. We studied the transition experience of parents of heart, liver, or kidney recipients to identify opportunities for improvement in discharge and post‐discharge care processes and outcomes. Thirty‐seven parents from three different pediatric transplant centers completed questionnaires on the day of hospital discharge and three wk following hospital discharge. Care coordination was associated with readiness for hospital discharge. Readiness for hospital discharge was subsequently associated with post‐discharge coping difficulty, adherence difficulty with medical follow‐up, and family impact. Identifying parents who are not ready to go home provides an opportunity to offer additional support services so parents can effectively manage their child’s recovery and continuing care at home.