Print Email Facebook Twitter Growth monitoring and diagnostic work-up of short stature: An International Inventorization Title Growth monitoring and diagnostic work-up of short stature: An International Inventorization Author Grote, F.K. Oostdijk, W. de Muinck Keizer-Schrama, S.M.P.F. Dekker, F.W. Verkerk, P.H. Wit, J.M. TNO Kwaliteit van Leven KvL Publication year 2005 Abstract Background/Aims: Growth monitoring is almost universally performed, but few data are available on which referral criteria and diagnostic work-up are used worldwide for children with short stature. Methods: A short questionnaire, containing questions on auxological screening and on diagnostic criteria for short stature, was sent to all members of the European Society of Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE) and to several pediatric endocrinologists outside Europe. Results: Responses were received from 36 countries. In 27 (75%) a child health care program existed and in 14 (39%) there was a protocol for referral of children with growth retardation. Height for age was mostly used as a referral criterion. Sixteen countries (45%) reported having a guideline in secondary health care for diagnostic work-up. Although all countries agreed on having biochemical, radiological and/or genetic tests in the diagnostic work-up, there was a wide variety of recommended tests. Conclusions: There is little consensus on referral criteria and diagnostic work-up of children with short stature among industrialized countries. There is a need to establish evidence-based guidelines. © Freund Publishing House Ltd., London. Subject HealthChildrenDiagnosisGrowth disordersInternationalScreeningChild health careChildhood diseaseControlled studyGenetic predispositionGeographic distributionGrowth retardationLaboratory diagnosisMajor clinical studyMonitoringPatient referralPopulation distributionPractice guidelineQuestionnaireRisk factorScreening testShort statureStatistical analysisStatistical significanceurinalysisBody HeightChildGrowthGrowth DisordersHumansInternationalityMonitoring, Physiologic To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:647b714b-5f24-4cec-b774-df30b546f291 TNO identifier 238785 ISSN 0334-018X Source Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism, 18 (11), 1031-1038 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.