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TABLE 6

Barriers to EI Referral: 2002–2016

20022016P
Strongly Agree or Agree, %nStrongly Agree or Agree, %n
Lack of understanding of the EI program’s processes or proceduresa 45.9 523 29.6 467 <.001 
Lack of information about the EI program and its servicesa 42.3 523 28.9 467 <.001 
Lack of feedback from the EI program about the child’s progress or outcomes 33.7 519 37.7 464 .19 
Uncertainty about EI eligibility criteria 28.8 518 29.1 467 .90 
Inconsistent quality of EI servicesa 23.9 519 30.3 465 .02 
20022016P
Strongly Agree or Agree, %nStrongly Agree or Agree, %n
Lack of understanding of the EI program’s processes or proceduresa 45.9 523 29.6 467 <.001 
Lack of information about the EI program and its servicesa 42.3 523 28.9 467 <.001 
Lack of feedback from the EI program about the child’s progress or outcomes 33.7 519 37.7 464 .19 
Uncertainty about EI eligibility criteria 28.8 518 29.1 467 .90 
Inconsistent quality of EI servicesa 23.9 519 30.3 465 .02 

Question wording: “How strongly would you agree or disagree that the following are barriers to your referring children <36 mo old to your state’s Early Intervention (EI) program or other developmental treatment services in your community?” Percentage of pediatricians responding strongly agree or agree 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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