StaR Child Health: improving global standards for child health research

Early Hum Dev. 2013 Nov;89(11):861-4. doi: 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2013.09.011. Epub 2013 Oct 7.


Standards for Research (StaR) in Child Health, founded in 2009, addresses the current scarcity of and deficiencies in pediatric clinical trials. StaR Child Health brings together leading international experts devoted to developing practical, evidence-based standards to enrich the reliability and relevance of pediatric clinical research. Through a systematic "knowledge to action" plan, 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.

Keywords: Clinical trials; Evidence-based; Methodology; Pediatric; Reporting; StaR Child Health.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Child
  • Child Welfare*
  • Clinical Trials Data Monitoring Committees / standards
  • Clinical Trials as Topic / standards*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / standards*
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent / standards
  • Parents
  • Risk Factors
  • Sample Size
  • Treatment Outcome