The industry recognizes the importance of ensuring the safety and well‐being of children involved in research studies. Medical and regulatory bodies have worked to provide a framework to support appropriately designed studies through regulations and guidance documents in this vulnerable population. However, it is crucial to understand the nuances associated with pediatric trials, for the site, patient and family, in order to manage them to successful completion.
During the 2012 ACRP Annual Meeting, Dr. Charlene Sanders and Angi Robinson from Premier Research reviewed topics including the evaluation of study design considerations such as duration of treatment, required assessments, use of placebo, and inclusion of specific age groups; selection of appropriate sites for pediatric trials and the unique needs of these sites; identification of pediatric recruitment/retention hurdles and site specific strategies to overcome these as well as a reflection on ethical concerns related to pediatric research.
For more information, go to http://www.premier-research.com/pediatrics.