November 5, 2013
Standards for Research (StaR) in Child Health, founded in 2009, addresses the current scarcity of and deficiencies in pediatric clinical trials. It is an initiative that brings together leading international experts, methodologists, clinicians and policy makers seeking to improve the quality of design, conduct, and reporting of pediatric clinical research by promoting the use of modern research standards. This goal will be achieved through a systematic “knowledge to action” plan
- raising awareness of the crucial importance of research design, conduct, and reporting of clinical research,
- assisting in the development, dissemination and implementation of evidence-based standards for clinical research with children,
- becoming a global centre providing resources and training relating to the design, conduct, and reporting of clinical research with children,
- and conducting empirical research on design, conduct and reporting of clinical research in children.
StaR Child Health creates opportunities to improve the evidence base for child health across the world. To date, six standards have been published and four more are under development. It is now time to use these standards. Improving the design, conduct and reporting of pediatric clinical trials will ultimately advance the quality of health care provided to children across the globe.