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Scherdel P.,National Health Research Institute | Scherdel P.,University Paris - Sud | Salaun J.-F.,Pediatric office | Robberecht-Riquet M.-N.,Association Francaise de Pediatrie Ambulatoire | And 28 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2013

Objective: We aimed to study current practices in growth monitoring by European primary care paediatricians and to explore their perceived needs in this field. Methods: We developed a cross-sectional, anonymous on-line survey and contacted primary care paediatricians listed in national directories in the 18 European countries with a confederation of primary care paediatricians. Paediatricians participated in the survey between April and September 2011. Results: Of the 1,198 paediatricians from 11 European countries (response rate 13%) who participated, 29% used the 2006 World Health Organization Multicentre Growth Reference Study growth charts, 69% used national growth charts; 61% used software to draw growth charts and 79% did not use a formal algorithm to detect abnormal growth on growth charts. Among the 21% of paediatricians who used algorithms, many used non-algorithmic simple thresholds for height and weight and none used the algorithms published in the international literature. In all, 69% of paediatricians declared that a validated algorithm to monitor growth would be useful in daily practice. We found important between-country variations. Conclusion: The varied growth-monitoring practices declared by primary care paediatricians reveals the need for standardization and evidence-based algorithms to define abnormal growth and the development of software that would use such algorithms. © 2013 Scherdel et al.

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