Journal article

Consent and recruitment: the reporting of paediatric trials published in 2012.

Allison Gates, Patrina Caldwell, Sarah Curtis, Leonila Dans, Ricardo M Fernandes, Lisa Hartling, Lauren E Kelly, Katrina Williams, Kerry Woolfall, Michele P Dyson

BMJ Paediatrics Open | Published : 2018


Objectives: We evaluated 300 paediatric trials to determine: the consent and recruitment strategies used, who trial information was targeted to, how incentives were used and if they achieved their recruitment targets. Methods: For this cross-sectional evaluation, we searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials for paediatric trials published in 2012 and randomly selected 300 that reported on outcomes for participants aged ≤21 years. We collected data on consent and recruitment procedures for each trial and undertook descriptive analyses in SPSS statistics V.23. Results: All but one trial (99.7%) used a standard recruitment strategy. Most (92%) trials reported that consent was ..

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