Journal article

Reporting of data monitoring committees and adverse events in paediatric trials: a descriptive analysis.

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

BMJ Paediatrics Open | Published : 2019

Abstract

Objectives: For 300 paediatric trials, we evaluated the reporting of: a data monitoring committee (DMC); interim analyses, stopping rules and early stopping; and adverse events and harm-related endpoints. Methods: For this cross-sectional evaluation, we randomly selected 300 paediatric trials published in 2012 from the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials. We collected data on the reporting of a DMC; interim analyses, stopping rules and early stopping; and adverse events and harm-related endpoints. We reported the findings descriptively and stratified by trial characteristics. Results: Eighty-five (28%) of the trials investigated drugs, and 18% (n=55/300) reported a DMC. The report..

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