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TABLE 5

Developmental Conditions Leading to Referral: 2002–2016

EI ReferralSpecialist Referral
20022016P20022016P
Very Likely To Refer, %nVery Likely To Refer, %nVery Likely To Refer, %nVery Likely To Refer, %n
Global developmental delays 85.0 534 94.6a 465 <.001 80.5 514 88.5a 463 <.001 
Loss of developmental milestones 74.1 514 89.6a 462 <.001 85.5 523 92.1a 467 .001 
Delayed speech or language 74.0 535 83.9a 465 <.001 48.7 493 46.4 446 .49 
Sensory impairment 72.5 524 83.8a 462 <.001 78.3 516 84.0a 463 .02 
Abnormal muscle tone or motor delay 70.7 523 81.9a 458 <.001 76.1 514 77.5 463 .59 
Family concern 45.3 516 60.7a 468 <.001 32.6 485 26.9 446 .06 
Newborn failing a hearing screen 45.1 517 51.3 452 .05 64.2 508 70.5a 448 .04 
Significant disruptive behavioral problem 42.8 523 37.6 447 .10 61.6 513 62.2 463 .85 
Risk of neglect or abuse 42.4 533 50.4a 446 .01 28.1 487 40.8a 439 <.001 
EI ReferralSpecialist Referral
20022016P20022016P
Very Likely To Refer, %nVery Likely To Refer, %nVery Likely To Refer, %nVery Likely To Refer, %n
Global developmental delays 85.0 534 94.6a 465 <.001 80.5 514 88.5a 463 <.001 
Loss of developmental milestones 74.1 514 89.6a 462 <.001 85.5 523 92.1a 467 .001 
Delayed speech or language 74.0 535 83.9a 465 <.001 48.7 493 46.4 446 .49 
Sensory impairment 72.5 524 83.8a 462 <.001 78.3 516 84.0a 463 .02 
Abnormal muscle tone or motor delay 70.7 523 81.9a 458 <.001 76.1 514 77.5 463 .59 
Family concern 45.3 516 60.7a 468 <.001 32.6 485 26.9 446 .06 
Newborn failing a hearing screen 45.1 517 51.3 452 .05 64.2 508 70.5a 448 .04 
Significant disruptive behavioral problem 42.8 523 37.6 447 .10 61.6 513 62.2 463 .85 
Risk of neglect or abuse 42.4 533 50.4a 446 .01 28.1 487 40.8a 439 <.001 

Question wording: “How likely or unlikely would you be to refer children <36 mo old with each of the following conditions to (1) your state’s Early Intervention program or (2) to a developmental or medical specialist?” Percentage responding very likely is reported.

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Result from the χ2 test indicates statistically significant difference in the distribution of the variable across years (P < .05).

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