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StaR Child Health is an international collaboration that seeks to enhance the quality, ethics, and relevance of clinical research in child health by promoting the use of evidence-based standards and guidance for the design, conduct and reporting of clinical trials with children

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Last updated: August 2019 by the EnRICH Network

ABOUT US

StaR Child Health is a group of methodologists, clinicians and policy makers who seek to enhance the quality, ethics and reliability of pediatric clinical research by promoting the use of evidence-based standards or guidance for clinical studies with children.

THE NEED FOR SETTING STANDARDS

In April 2009, the StaR Child Health executive group was assembled which involved leading experts in pediatric clinical research and methodology. The first task was to conduct a systematic review of available guidelines for the design, conduct and reporting of research in children. This step, sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), found few relevant  guidelines: http://www.who.int/childmedicines/publications/GUIDANCECHILDHEALTH.pdf, last accessed 14 December 2018.

Critical topics such as the need to consider appropriate stratification according to age or key aspects of development, and the use of child-specific outcomes are not addressed in existing guidance. Most importantly, guidance is predominantly aimed at what should be done, but not how to do it.

Based on the results of this systematic review and a survey of leading child health methodologists and regulators, a list of priority issues regarding the design, conduct and reporting of pediatric clinical trials was compiled (See Standards). These topics were systematically addressed through standard development groups (SDGs), working groups that bring together experts and individuals interested in a given topic through invitation and subscription (See Our Team).

OUR OBJECTIVES

AWARENESS

Raising awareness of the crucial importance of research design, conduct, and reporting of clinical research

RESOURCE & TRAINING

Becoming a global centre providing resources and training relating to the design, conduct, and reporting of clinical research with children

STANDARDS

Assisting in the development, dissemination and implementation of evidence-based standards for clinical research with children

RESEARCH

Conducting empirical research on design, conduct and reporting of clinical research in children