Table 1

Demographics characteristics and confidence in pubertal staging of survey respondents by professional role

Professional roleN% MaleFrequency of performing pubertal staging examinations
N (%)
Confidence in pubertal staging‡
At least once per weekAt least once a monthEvery few monthsA few times a yearLess that once a yearNeverMale stagingFemale staging
Consultant paediatrician
 Paediatric endocrinologist3748.6*36 (97.3)1 (2.7)000010 (9, 10)10 (9, 10)
 General paediatrician with an interest in paediatric endocrinology2425.015 (62.5)7 (29.2)2 (8.3)0009 (8, 10)9 (8, 10)
 Other5626.806 (10.7)13 (23.2)21 (37.5)14 (25.0)2 (3.6)6 (4, 8)7 (5, 8)
Specialty trainee in paediatrics†
 Level 3 subspecialty trainee in diabetes and endocrinology175.916 (94.1)1 (5.9)00008 (8, 9)9 (7, 9)
 Other level 3 (ST 6 to 8)3718.92 (5.4)3 (8.1)4 (10.8)4 (10.8)13 (35.1)11 (29.7)4 (1.5, 7)4.5 (2, 6.5)
 Level 2 (ST 4 to 5)2420.801 (4.2)3 (12.5)3 (12.5)6 (25.0)11 (45.8)5 (2.5, 6)5 (4, 7)
 Level 1 (ST 1 to 3)1723.50000017 (100)2 (1, 4)4 (2, 5)
Paediatric endocrinology nurse specialist (PENS)238.77 (30.4)4 (17.4)2 (8.7)2 (8.7)08 (34.8)2 (0, 7)7.5 (3, 9)
  • *Two respondents in this group preferred not to reveal their sex.

  • †Training in paediatrics in the UK typically takes 8 years and is divided into three levels (level 1 is the most junior and level 3 senior trainees). At level 3, trainees can choose to subspecialise.

  • ‡Confidence was self-rated on an integer scale with 0 representing not at all confident, and 10 fully confident.