J Korean Acad Pediatr Dent.  2019 Nov;46(4):362-368. 10.5933/JKAPD.2019.46.4.362.

Referral Trends of Children in Jeonbuk National University Dental Hospital for Last 3 years

  • 1Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Jeonbuk National University Dental Hospital, Korea. pedo1997@jbnu.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Institute of Oral Bioscience, School of Dentistry, Jeonbuk National University, Korea.


The purpose of this study was to analyze outpatient referral patterns of children in Jeonbuk National University Dental Hospital. All patients under 16 years old who were consulted from the external facilities were reviewed based on the electronic medical record of Jeonbuk National University Dental Hospital from 2015 to 2018. Total 720 boys and 460 girls with an average age of 7.4 years were referred from local dental clinic (85.2%) for treatment severity (90.2%). 3.2% of patients has disability with the highest number of intellectual disabilities. The patients were usually referred at the pre-treatment stage with higher rates if they had disability or medical problem. Referral rate by chief complaints was highest in surgery, followed by reparative treatment and orthodontic treatment. 2(nd) referrals in pediatric dentistry had a higher rate of referrals to minor surgery and pulp treatment than of first referrals. The time point of 2(nd) referral was relatively delayed with increased ratio of "˜during treatment'. These results suggest necessities of appropriate case selection and referral based reasonable criteria for pediatric dentist.


Referral trend; Pedodontic referral patterns; Pediatric dentistry; Referral guideline
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