Effect of growth hormone treatment on quality of life of short-stature children

Horm Res. 1995;44(1):1-5. doi: 10.1159/000184581.


While enhanced growth velocity is a well-established benefit following the initiation of growth hormone treatment (GHT), the potential benefit of GHT on quality of life (QOL) of short-stature children has not yet been documented. We compare QOL of two groups of short-stature children who attended the Endocrine Unit (EU) and were 2 SD or more below the average for age and gender. The first group included 96 patients of whom 65 were without any underlying disease, 15 had classical GH deficiency and 16 had Turner syndrome or renal disease. These patients were on GHT for at least 2 years. The other group included 33 patients. Owing to lack of resources to include these 33 patients in a clinical trial, they did not get GHT. They were normal variant of short stature, and their height was similar to the height of the 65 children included in the first group. QOL was assessed using self-administered questionnaires, which were filled out by the patients on their regular visit to the EU. QOL was defined in terms of school achievements, leisure activities, emotional and physical self-esteem, relationships with peers and family members. No significant differences were found between the two groups. The mean scores for the different domains of QOL ranged between 2.6 and 3.8 on a scale ranging from 1 (very pessimistic view) to 4 (very optimistic view).

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Emotions
  • Female
  • Growth Disorders / drug therapy*
  • Growth Disorders / etiology
  • Growth Disorders / psychology
  • Growth Hormone / deficiency
  • Growth Hormone / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Kidney Diseases / complications
  • Male
  • Quality of Life*
  • Self Concept
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Turner Syndrome / complications


  • Growth Hormone