Development of a multi-institutional clinical research consortium for pediatric surgery

Ronald B. Hirschl*, Peter Minneci, Samir Gadepalli, Jacqueline M. Saito, Ronald B. Hirschl, Peter Minneci, Samir Gadepalli, Jacqueline Saito, Johanna Askegard-Giesmann, Katherine Deans, Cynthia Downard, Mary Fallat, Maria Finnell, Michael Helmrath, Rashmi Kabre, David Lal, Charles Leys, Grace Mak, Daniel Ostlie, Fred RescorlaThomas Sato, Shawn St. Peter, Daniel von Allmen, Brad Warner

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Abstract

Background Multicenter clinical research studies in pediatric surgery have been largely limited to relatively small case-series and retrospective reviews because of the rarity of many of the diseases we treat and difficulty coordinating and executing multi-institutional studies. Creation of a collaborative research network can provide the needed patient population and infrastructure to perform high quality multi-institutional studies. Methods In 2013, eleven academic pediatric surgery centers within the United States formed a research consortium to develop and conduct multicenter clinical research projects to advance the practice of pediatric surgery. Results We present our process for creating, developing, and maintaining this consortium including initial regional geographic limitation, charter development with by-laws and procedures for adopting studies, and research infrastructure including a central website for study monitoring and central reliance institutional review board process. Conclusion Our model could be reproduced or adapted by other institutions to develop or strengthen other research collaboratives. Level of evidence Type of study: retrospective, IV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1084-1088
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of pediatric surgery
Volume52
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017

Keywords

  • Clinical research
  • Multi-institutional trials
  • Research consortium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    Hirschl, R. B., Minneci, P., Gadepalli, S., Saito, J. M., Hirschl, R. B., Minneci, P., Gadepalli, S., Saito, J., Askegard-Giesmann, J., Deans, K., Downard, C., Fallat, M., Finnell, M., Helmrath, M., Kabre, R., Lal, D., Leys, C., Mak, G., Ostlie, D., ... Warner, B. (2017). Development of a multi-institutional clinical research consortium for pediatric surgery. Journal of pediatric surgery, 52(7), 1084-1088. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2016.11.042