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Development of a multi-institutional clinical research consortium for pediatric surgery. J Pediatr Surg 2017 Jul;52(7):1084-1088



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2-s2.0-85009282293   10 Citations


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.

Author List

Hirschl RB, Minneci P, Gadepalli S, Saito JM, Askegard-Giesmann J, Deans K, Downard C, Fallat M, Finnell M, Helmrath M, Kabre R, Lal D, Leys C, Mak G, Ostlie D, Rescorla F, Sato T, St Peter S, von Allmen D, Warner B, MidWest Pediatric Surgery Consortium (MWPSC)


Dave Lal MD, MPH Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Thomas T. Sato MD Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Academic Medical Centers
Biomedical Research
Cooperative Behavior
Multicenter Studies as Topic
Program Development
Retrospective Studies
Specialties, Surgical
United States