As adolescents approach adulthood, they take on increasing responsibility for their health and health care. For youth with special health care needs, this transition is especially important, as their medical needs may be complex and they will eventually need to manage their medications and other aspects of their health themselves.

The survey asked parents of CSHCN aged 12-17 how often their children’s health care providers encourage their children to take responsibility for their health care needs, including taking medication, understanding their diagnosis, or following medical advice. The parents of 78.0 percent of these children reported that their doctors usually or always did this.

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