To know if you are ready for a health care transition, answer the following questions:
|1.||I know my height, weight, birth date, and social security number|
|2.||I know the name of my condition|
|3.||I know my genotype or genetic status|
|4.||I can tell you about my condition and explain my health care needs|
|5.||I know what kind of medical insurance I have|
|6.||I know where to find my medical records|
|7.||I know who to ask about getting my own health insurance|
|8.||I know the basic treatment for my condition|
|9.||I know what my diet should include and not include|
|10.||I know how to prepare my own food|
|11.||I know how to shop for my own food|
|12.||I know the names of my supplements and medicines|
|13.||I know how to order or get my medications filled|
|14.||I know the symptoms and medical problems related to my condition|
|15.||I visit my metabolic specialist regularly|
|16.||I have discussed issues about sex with my doctor|
|17.||I know how to get birth control and how to stay protected against sexually transmitted diseases/infections (STDs)|
|18.||I have discussed the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs with my doctor|
|19.||I know how to schedule a doctor’s appointment|
|20.||I keep a schedule of medical appointments on my calendar|
|21.||I can get myself to medical appointments (or can arrange transportation myself)|
|22.||I know who to call in case of an emergency|
|23.||I prepare questions for my health care provider before appointments|
|24.||I have a support network for my condition|
Now count the number of times you checked YES. If you checked YES to:
17 to 24 statements, great work! You are already taking full responsibility for your health care. The transition documents will help you become a stronger health advocate.
8 to 16 statements, you are on the right path! You are actively taking on many important responsibilities in your health care. The following transition documents will help you answer YES to many more of these questions.
0 to 7 statements, let’s get started! Transitioning health care to adult providers and becoming a better health advocate for yourself takes time and planning. Now’s a perfect time to start! Pick a few of the previous responsibilities from the list and spend the next month doing them. The transition documents will make this much easier.
Update and save this assessment every month until you’ve answered all of the tasks with a YES!
Next, take a look at some basic information about your metabolic condition.