Background: Transition from paediatric to adult care is challenging for youths with a chronic condition. Most transition programmes place high value in autonomy and independence. We undertook a qualitative study to: (1) identify the needs and aspirations of youths and (2) better understand the well-being and flourishing of youths.

Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with youths, parents of youths and healthcare professionals recruited from four clinics. Thematic analysis focused on: (1) perceptions of transition; (2) key aspects of human flourishing during transition; and (3) salient concerns with respect to the transition and dimensions of human flourishing.

Results: 54 interviews were conducted. Perceptions of transition clustered around: (1) apprehension about adult care; (2) lack of clarity about the transition process; (3) emotional attachment to paediatric healthcare professionals; (4) the significance of the coinciding transition into adulthood. Fourteen salient concerns (e.g., Knowledge and information about the transition, Parental involvement in healthcare) were identified with corresponding recommendations. Salient concerns related to important dimensions of human flourishing (e.g., environmental mastery, autonomy).

Discussion and conclusion: The flourishing of youths is affected by suboptimal transition practices. We discuss the implications of our findings for environmental mastery, contextual autonomy, and the holistic and humanistic aspects of transition.

Keywords: Transition, autonomy, paediatrics, ethics, human flourishing


Padley Nicole, Moubayed Dina, Lanteigne Amélie, Ouimet François, Clermont Marie-José, Fournier Anne, Racine Eric. Transition from paediatric to adult health services: Aspirations and practices of human flourishing, International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 18:1 (2023), DOI: 10.1080/17482631.2023.2278904.