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Table 3 Estimated percentage of referrals according to the DCG

From: Referral patterns of children with poor growth in primary health care

Description rule   Rule nr. % referrals % referrals % referrals % referrals
    0–3 years 3–10 year 10–18 year 0–18 years
    N = 330 N = 361 N = 345 N = 392
Absolute height   1 1.8 0.8 1.4 3.3
Clinical symptoms   2 2.4 1.1 0.9 2.3
Persistent short stature after born SGA   3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
HSDScor ♂: < 10 yr and > 13.4 yr;      
  ♀: < 9 yr and > 12.3 yr 4 15.2 5.0 4.9 16.8
  ♂: 10 – 13.4 yr;      
  ♀: 9 – 12.3 yr 5 n.a. n.a. 2.0 (2.0)* 2.0 (2.0)*
Deflection* ♂: < 10 yr and > 13.4 yr;      
  ♀: < 9 yr and > 12.3 yr 6b 34.2 6.4 15.4 50.5
  ♂: 10 – 13.4 yr; 7a n.a. n.a. 3.8 (1.4)* 4.6 (1.3)
  ♀: 9 – 12.3 yr 7b n.a. n.a. 22.6 (5.5) 23.0 (4.8)
Total percentage of referrals    73.9 26.0 39.1 79.6
  1. * Data on stage of puberty were frequently missing. Therefore we assumed children with missing data were in puberty at the reference pubertal age-period. The number between brackets however represents the exact percentage of referrals in the pubertal age-period, without the assumption.
  2. † n.a = not applicable