Measure Status: Active
Measurement Category: Category 1: measuring quantity of effort (counts and "yes/no" activities)
Service Type: Middle level: enabling services
Service Recipient: Activities directed to professionals
Goal: To increase the number of providers educated on health care transition best practices.
Numerator: Unduplicated number of users who completed the Texas Health Steps Transition Online Provider Education (OPE) module each fiscal year
Significance: The AAP outlined guidelines to promote successful transition from pediatric to adult health care in a 2011 Clinical Report. The Got Transition Six Core Elements operationalized the components of health care transition support by establishing evidence-based tools for use by primary care and specialty care providers.
According to the NS-CSHCN 2009/10, 35.4% of Texas children received the services necessary to make the transition to adult health care, compared to 40.0% nationally. In the 2017 CYSHCN Outreach Survey, less than 20% of respondents (18.2%) felt prepared for their child to transition to adult health care. Further, over 40% of respondents indicated that they had not prepared for transition to adult health care. Most respondents who indicated that they had prepared for their child’s transition had done so by themselves.
Respondents in Five Year Needs Assessment stakeholder meetings noted that few doctors have the passion or willingness to take on the primary care role and coordinate the many specialists usually seen by young adults whose medical needs are complex. Many adult providers cite lack of training as a barrier to providing care to young adults with special health care needs.
In order to increase provider knowledge, MCHS promotes THSteps OPE modules to targeted audiences through web-based communications, conference exhibiting, trainings, webinars, meetings and presentations.
After completing the activities of this module providers will be able to:
1. Formulate a strategy to address the health, education, and social needs of children and youth with special health-care needs at key transition points.
2. Differentiate and integrate the functions of health-care professionals involved in transition assistance for youth with special health-care needs.
3. Apply legal requirements and best practices for aiding the transition of children and youth with special health-care needs.
Changes in provider knowledge of transition, in combination with support
Data Sources and Data Issues: Data Source: Texas Health Steps OPE module database
State fiscal year data will be collected for the Texas Health Steps (THSteps) OPE module “Transition Services for Children and Youth with Special Health-Care Needs”. The goal of this module is to equip Texas Health Steps providers and others to employ transition services for children, adolescents, and young adults with chronic health conditions or disabilities at key transition points.
Raw data are available annually and can be sorted by type of provider and date of module completion. Sorting module users by month will allow MCHS to detect increases in module use following targeted provider outreach efforts like conference exhibiting or presentations.
Content updates are regularly scheduled for all THSteps OPE modules. The transition module updates might impact trend analysis.
Unit Type: Count, Unit Number: 7,000