The structured transition program Dr. Cheril Clarson (left) and Dr. Tamara Spaic (right) developed led to improved clinic attendance and satisfaction with care among young adult patients with type 1 diabetes. Nicole Pelcz (centre) was one of the patients enrolled in the study.
In 2012, researchers from across Ontario, led by a team at Lawson Health Research Institute, started the first multicenter randomized controlled trial to evaluate implementation of a transition coordinator for young adults with type 1 diabetes as they transferred from paediatric to adult care.
From left: Dr. David Palma (Lawson Associate Scientist), Betty Ostrander (Research Participant) and Dr. Anthony Nichols (Lawson Associate Scientist)
For Betty Ostrander, an operating room nurse from Tillsonburg, Ontario, a throat cancer diagnosis was life-changing.
Betty was 59 years old when she discovered a small lump on the right side of her neck while walking her dogs in Florida. Thinking that she might be coming down with a cold, she waited a couple of days but the lump was still there.
“I went to a walk-in clinic in Florida and the nurse told me I was healthy,” says Betty. “She prescribed me antibiotics but I asked her for an ultrasound requisition.”