Chinese Medical Sciences Journal ›› 2016, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (3): 168-172.doi: 10.1016/S1001-9294(16)30046-3

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Management of Adult Growth Hormone Deficiency at Peking Union Medical College Hospital: A Survey among Physicians

Hong-bo Yang1, Meng-qi Zhang2, Hui Pan1, Hui-juan Zhu1, *   

  1. 1Department of Endocrinology,; 2Department of Pediatrics, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College, Beijing 100730, China
  • Published:2016-09-20 Online:2016-09-20
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Objective To evaluate physicians’ attitude and knowledge about the management of adult growth hormone deficiency (AGHD) at Peking Union Medical College Hospital and impact factors associated with better decision-making.Methods A 21-question anonymous survey was distributed and collected at Peking Union Medical College Hospital, a major teaching hospital in Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. Data of physicians’ educational background, clinical training, patient workload per year and continuing medical education in AGHD were collected. Factors associated with appropriate answers were further analyzed by multivariate regression models.Results One hundred and eighteen internal medicine residents, endocrine fellows, attending physicians and visiting physicians responded to the survey. Among them, 44.9% thought that AGHD patients should accept recombinant human growth hormone replacement therapy. Moreover, 56.8% selected insulin tolerance test and growth hormone-releasing hormone-arginine test for the diagnosis of AGHD. Logistic regression analysis of physician demographic data, educational background, and work experience found no consistent independent factors associated with better decision-making, other than continued medical education, that were associated with treatment choice.Conclusions The physicians’ reported management of AGHD in this major academic healthcare center in Beijing was inconsistent with current evidence. High quality continued medical education is required to improve Chinese physician management of AGHD.

Key words: adult growth hormone deficiency, management, continued medical education

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