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Table 3 General characteristics of the study population in the university hospital (n = 398) and the general hospital (n = 144)

From: The diagnostic work up of growth failure in secondary health care; An evaluation of consensus guidelines

  University hospital General hospital Difference between 2 hospitals (p-value)
Gender Male: n (%) 219 (55%) 65 (45%) 0.04
Ethnicity N (%)  
   Dutch/European 291 (73.1%) 127 (88.2%) 0.01
   Turkish 31 (7.8%) 6 (4.2%)  
   Moroccan 11 (2.8%) 1 (0.7%)  
   Others: 54 (13.6%) 10 (6.9%)  
   Unknown 11 (2.8%) 0 (0%)  
Age at time of referral (yrs): mean (SD) 9.1 (4.0) 8.4 (4.7) 0.2
HSDS at time of referral: mean (SD) -2.3 (0.8) -1.9 (0.9) < 0.01
THSDS: mean (SD) -0.7 (1.0) -0.2 (0.9) < 0.01
HSDS – THSDS at time of referral: mean (SD) -1.6 (0.8) -1.7 (1.0) 0.7
Delta HSDS in last year before referral: mean (SD) -0.08 (0.3) -0.10 (0.3) 0.5
Dysmorphic features: n (%) 22 (5.5%) 2 (1.4%) 0.1
Disproportion: n (%) 15 (3.8%) 2 (1.4%) 0.08
  1. HSDS = height standard deviation score; THSDS = target height standard deviation score