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Purpose. To describe, within a state-wide transition framework, the pathway to improved health support services for adults with spina bifida. Our aim was to achieve adult care that addressed adult health issues, despite significant budgetary restraints and competition for the public health dollar. Method. A pilot clinical service project in one of the Area Health Services and a transition workforce study were carried out in the state of NSW in Australia. The advocacy skills of clinicians were harnessed. Results. A regional adult spina bifida clinic was successfully created and patient resources were developed. Ongoing funding was not granted. A transition workforce study identified the poor clinic attendance of adult spina bifida patients and the high costs of hospital admissions for spina bifida related complications. Through advocacy and data provision, health funding was provided for two health support workers for a new service, the Spina Bifida Adult Resource Team. Conclusions. An effective transition to adult care is essential for chronic childhood illness, but young people with chronic illness often have no significant voice. Advocacy for public health spending requires compelling evidence which we were able to provide and which could be a model for other service providers.
Department of Rehabilitation, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Westmead NSW, Sydney, Australia.
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Name: Disability and rehabilitation
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Congenital defects of closure of one or more vertebral arches, which may be associated with malformations of the spinal cord, nerve roots, congenital fibrous bands, lipomas, and congenital cysts. These malformations range from mild (e.g., SPINA BIFIDA OCCULTA) to severe, including rachischisis where there is complete failure of neural tube and spinal cord fusion, resulting in exposure of the spinal cord at the surface. Spinal dysraphism includes all forms of spina bifida. The open form is called SPINA BIFIDA CYSTICA and the closed form is SPINA BIFIDA OCCULTA. (From Joynt, Clinical Neurology, 1992, Ch55, p34)
The integration of epidemiologic, sociological, economic, and other analytic sciences in the study of health services. Health services research is usually concerned with relationships between need, demand, supply, use, and outcome of health services. The aim of the research is evaluation, particularly in terms of structure, process, output, and outcome. (From Last, Dictionary of Epidemiology, 2d ed)
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Health services, public or private, in rural areas. The services include the promotion of health and the delivery of health care.
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