Aug 30, 2021

Interviewer: Your child that has a chronic medical condition is leaving for college. Dr. Troy Madsen, what advice do you have for them?

Dr. Madsen: In the ER we often see students who have left home, gone to college. They've had chronic conditions like diabetes, asthma, mental illness. It's kind of this clean break for them and they say, "I've outgrown this. I'm stopping my medications." They then have serious complications of that, either from not using their insulin, their inhalers, their anti-depressants. They end up in the ER.

The advice I would give, as a parent, make sure there's continuity there. In their new city, wherever they're going, set them up with a primary care doctor, someone to manage their medications. Go with them to that first appointment. Make sure everyone's comfortable with things. Make sure your child's comfortable there as well. And then keep in touch with them. Make sure they're doing okay and taking the medications they've been prescribed.


updated: August 30, 2021
originally published: June 12, 2017

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