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Ann Endocrinol (Paris). 1999 Mar;60(1):48-55.

[Thyroid hormone determination at the Public Assistance Hospital of Paris: ordering, costs and opinions of physicians qualified in endocrinology].

[Article in French]

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Département de santé publique, CHU Cochin-Port Royal, université René-Descartes, Paris.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To determine the distribution of orders for hormonal tests assessing thyroid function in a hospital setting. To collect the opinion of physicians specialized in endocrinology concerning free triodothyronine (FT3) assessment.

METHODS:

Using a cross-sectional survey numbers of free thyroxine (FT4), total T4 (TT4), FT3, total T3 (TT3), and TSH tests were collected from the heads of laboratory assessing thyroid function in June 95 at the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP). Cost for these tests was estimated. The physicians of the AP-HP specialized in endocrinology were asked through a questionnaire for circumstances justifying FT3 test ordering.

RESULTS:

Twenty-eight laboratories (93%) responded: 28455 measurements (TSH: 43%, FT4: 33%, TT4: 2%, FT3: 20%, TT3: 2%) were performed and were valued at 3.4 million French Francs. Proportions of T4 (36%) and T3 (20%) tests were lower in hospitals with an inpatient department of endocrinology than in hospitals with an outpatient clinic with specialists in endocrinology (T4: 36%; T3: 27%) or with no endocrinology unit (T4: 33%, T3: 27%); proportion of TSH tests was higher in hospitals with an inpatient endocrinology unit (respectively 44%, 40%, 32%). Forty-two endocrinologists (76%) from 21 departments answered. Follow-up of treatment with amiodarone and euthyroid sick syndrome were considered the only conditions justifying FT3 test ordering.

CONCLUSION:

Though the opinion of physicians specialized in endocrinology was not uniform regarding recommendations for TT3 or FT3 tests as a first-line measurement, the cost of these tests has been estimated at 650 thousand Francs for a month at the AP-HP.

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10374016
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