Transitioning to an Adult GI Provider
As a teenager, you will be expected to begin taking more and more responsibility for your own care over time. You will be expected to move away from depending on your parents and caregivers to handle your health issues and towards independently managing your disease.
As a patient, you should learn as much as you can about your condition and health care needs. You should try to do as much as you can to manage your disease on your own and actively participate in your health care. The doctors and nurses who provide your care should partner with you in this process. Below are some ideas for helping you manage your healthcare.
The Doc4me app
The Doc4me app helps adolescents and young adults with inflammatory bowel disease find a doctor who treats adults with inflammatory bowel disease in a specific area. Doc4me also helps young people get ready and prepare for their medical visit with their new doctor.
Find a doctor in your area
You can easily find adult inflammatory bowel disease doctors in a specific city or ZIP code. The Doc4me app shows you all information for that doctor, including contact information, phone number, website, languages spoken by the doctor and which insurances are covered. You can even bookmark doctors for later reference.
One tap of a button shows the route on a map to the doctor’s address.
Doc4me also helps you get ready for doctors’ appointments with an appointment preparation checklist. Doc4me also lets you mark your doctor’s appointments in your calendar and receive reminders for your doctor’s appointments.
Doc4me’s Transition Checklist reminds you of all the things you need to do to prepare for your transfer from pediatric to adult healthcare. Once completed, you can print a Medical Information Worksheet that will help you answer questions that your new doctor will ask you.
Information and References
Doc4me also provides links to reliable information about living with inflammatory bowel disease, medications, and nutrition.
Doc4me is a perfect companion for your transition. Download it today!