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Bahar Bingoler Pekcici
Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. Publish Ahead of Print():, January 13, 2021
Nearly four decades after its foundation in high income countries, the field of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) is now also emerging in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Ankara (AU) and Inonu University (IU) DBP Divisions established in 2000 and 2009 respectively, have been the pioneering institutions for DBP in Turkey. In this study we aimed to ascertain the referral volume, sources, trends and factors affecting these trends in these centers. The majority of referrals were from the pediatric clinics. The NBR models showed that referral volume increased significantly in both centers yearly and showed a significant relationship between referral trends and the establishment of DBP subspecialty at AU but not in IU. This study brings innovation as for the first time it is reporting on referral trends in DBP centers in a LMIC.
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