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Table 4 Comparison of reason for referral [n (%)] and medical histories between individual specialist clinics and all appointments with the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne (RDHM) in Melbourne, Victoria and Special Needs Unit (SNU) in Adelaide, South Australia

From: Utilisation of dental services for people with special health care needs in Australia

Referral reason Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne Special Needs Unit, Adelaide
ISND Dom Total RDHM ADH TQEH Other Total SNU
Medical 112 (27.6) 10 (35.7) 122 (28.1) 781 (80.0) 135 (87.7) 0 (0.0) 916 (77.8)
Psychological 117 (28.8) 6 (21.4) 123 (28.3) 47 (4.8) 17 (11.0) 0 (0.0) 64 (5.4)
Disability 177 (43.6) 12 (42.8) 189 (43.5) 148 (15.2) 2 (1.3) 47 (100.0) 197 (17.6)
Total 406 28 434 976 154 47 1177
No medical history [n (%)] 231 (52.6) 195 (82.6) 426 (63.1) 24 (2.4) 19 (9.8) 11 (23.4) 54 (4.4)
No medication list [n (%)] 80 (18.2) 22 (9.3) 102 (15.1) 3 (0.3) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 3 (0.2)
Number of medical conditions 2.9 3.0 2.9 2.5 3.1 1.9 2.6
95% CI 2.7–3.2 2.4–3.6 2.7–3.1 2.4–2.6 2.8–3.3 1.6–3.3 2.5–2.7
Number of medications 2.3 2.0 2.2 3.6 4.1 2.7 3.6
95% CI 1.9–2.6 1.5–2.5 1.8–2.4 3.4–3.8 3.6–4.5 1.7–3.7 3.5–3.8
  1. ISND Integrated Special Needs Department and Day Surgery Unit, Dom Domiciliary dental service, RDHM Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, ADH Adelaide Dental Hospital, TQEH The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Other Highgate Park and Modbury GP Plus Superclinic