Some 98.8 percent of 953 AAP members who provide direct patient care surveyed, would not prescribe growth hormone without involving an endocrinologist. Nearly all (99 percent) of those surveyed preferred that GH be prescribed by a pediatric endocrinologist.

Responding to an AAP Periodic Survey questionnaire on experiences and attitudes toward the use of GH in short children, 54.2 percent of pediatricians said they would arrange laboratory tests prior to involving an endocrinologist, and 44 percent said they would refer children to an endocrinologist.

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