EDITORIAL Facilitating Transitions From Pediatric to Adult Surgical Care Mary E. Fallat, M.D. suggest that this care must at some point transition to 1,2 Louisville, Kentucky adult providers. Consider for a minute the definition of empathy. There is no question that some of these patients deserve and per- hink back to when you were going through puberty, haps even want sympathy. But most want empathy; they with all of its physical changes, cerebral awaken- want their medical providers to understand what they are Tings, and tumultuous emotions beginning to work going through and to peek, albeit insert themselves, into in synchrony to bring you closer to adulthood. Most of their unique environments and appreciate the challenges you choosing to read this are physicians, likely possess- that they face. Like it or not, many adult hospitals do not ing above-average intellect, professional status, and self- routinely possess the nurturing environment of children’s esteem. Despite this, some of you will reminisce of a time hospitals, equipped with child life and pet therapy and when you appreciated increasing self-confidence, first ro- guided imagery and craft-making diversions that make mances, athletic prowess, and academic success, whereas patients feel better. The nurses are not
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