Exploring the Transition from Pediatric to Adult Care - Qualitative Study

About the Study 

This study aims to explore the current practices and experiences of transition from pediatric to adult care from the perspective of patients, caregivers, and health care providers in three focus areas: Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Diabetes, and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. These three conditions were chosen as they represent three common chronic conditions diagnosed in children in Nova Scotia and may have more linear transfer pathways.

The project team published a poster at the Transition Hub Pop-Up event ‘Virtual Poster Hall’. Three Patient Partners are authored on this project, and the MSSU helped to support their attendance at this virtual event. 

The study recruited patients and caregivers, as well as health care providers, between November 2000-December 2021.

Project Leads

  • Christine Cassidy, PhD RN, Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University
  • Jackie Pidduck, Transition Coordinator, IWK Health Centre
  • Amanda Higgins and Amber Collins-Grimmer, Patient Partners


Elizabeth Jeffers, Research Manager, MSSU at Elizabeth.Jeffers@nshealth.ca