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Many referrals under Dutch short stature guidelines

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Author: Buuren, S. van · Bonnemaijer-Kerckhoffs, D.J.A. · Grote, F.K. · Wit, J.M. · Verkerk, P.H.
Institution: TNO Preventie en Gezondheid
Source:Archives of Disease in Childhood, 4, 89, 351-352
Identifier: 237689
doi: doi:10.1136/adc.2003.038208
Keywords: Child care · Child growth · Child health care · Health care system · Newborn · Patient referral · Short stature · Body Height · Child · Child, Preschool · Female · Growth Disorders · Humans · Infant · Infant, Newborn · Male · Netherlands · Practice Guidelines · Referral and Consultation


The number of referrals under strict adherence to the Dutch consensus guidelines for short stature was estimated using longitudinal data from 970 children (0-10 years). Results showed that over 38% of all children would have to be referred one or more times. There is therefore a clear need to revise the current guidelines.