Getting older means having a voice in your health care, knowing your rights, providing consent, asking questions, and being informed about your health.
- Practice the
3-Sentence Summary with your parents and family (from the
Sick Kids website):
- Sentence 1: My age, diagnosis and brief medical history
- Sentence 2: My treatment plan
- Sentence 3: My question/concern to talk about during this visit
Allie talks about her journey and finding her voice.
Matt gives tips on how to talk to health care providers and how to get them to talk to you.
Jenna shares her experiences being her own best advocate.
- Ask your clinic nurse and family for suggestions for a family practitioner.
- See a list of family practitioners in BC at
Search online for the type of doctor you would like (eg. gender, youth-friendly, clinic location, office hours).
- Search online for a nurse practitioner through the
College of Registered Nurses of BC.
- Make an appointment as a new patient, and see if they will be a good fit for you.
Tips for helping your Family Practitioner help you!
- Check out how youth rate youth-friendly care providers in this
- Ask your health care providers about future health concerns.
- Find a mentor or a buddy who lives with the same condition(s) as you do!
- Journal or make art about your feelings about future health concerns or conditions.
iheartchange.org is a transition site for youth with a heart condition – learn all about making the move to adult care.
- Learn about a
Representation Agreement to authorize assistance for health and personal care.
video where Mike shares his story transitioning from BCCH to adult health care.
Help to decrease your anxiety about changing clinics — watch this
video where Ashlie shares her advice.
Watch Shane's artistic example of the "Doctor Switch" then talk about it with your family.
Just TRAC it!
Contacts app: add your team of Adult Specialist(s) and health care providers.
Calendar app: set reminders or alarms for your appointments — it's very important that you don't miss an appointment.
Ask your current health care providers for referrals to find the best adult team possible.
Check directions to your new clinic(s) online — you can call for directions, or use
Google Maps or
Find a Specialist by gender, location, specialty, and language through the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC.
Find a physiotherapist through the Physiotherapy Association of BC.
BC Health Services Locator app to locate services throughout the province.
Medical Specialists in BC — who does what?
tips on how to change from a pediatrician to a family practitioner.
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