Interreg Deutschland Danmark
The CAT (Child to Adult Transitions) research project aims to improve the transition from child to adult treatment in both psychiatry and somatics. It does this by developing new solutions that support and guide young patients, reducing the risk of them being lost during the transition period.
Every fifth young person in the programme region suffers from serious or chronic illness. These young patients rely on the support of their parents and the healthcare system. However, once they turn 18, they are on their own as they automatically transition from paediatric to adult wards, where they receive fewer consultations and less support. An abrupt transition can result in treatment interruption or serious complications – in the worst case scenario, early death. Interrupted treatment is also a socio-economic issue.
Therefore, it is crucial that more attention is paid to the child-to-adult transition in healthcare.
CAT (Child to Adult Transitions) is a cross-regional project that aims to improve the transition from child to adult care and minimise the risk of patients being “lost” during the transition period. CAT develops and implements transition programmes across borders based on research into the needs and experiences of young patients.
The programmes prepare patients for their transition process through transition teams, workshops and digital solutions. CAT is based on transnational co-operation, experience sharing and capacity building between hospitals. In this way, Denmark and Germany jointly make a strong effort to support young patients.
The project is co-financed by the European Union.