Physician attitudes play a role in treating short children

08/31/2010 | Reuters

A study in Pediatrics found some physicians may be biased by their own feelings about how shortness affects a child's emotional well-being when making treatment decisions for children. Study authors found that even if children, especially short boys, did not grow much after a year of growth hormones, 60% of physicians surveyed recommended using a higher dose, 14% thought it should be kept the same, and 26% voted to stop treatment, which is consistent with conventional recommendations.

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