Background and aims Engaging and involving young people in clinical research has many benefits including greater understanding of young people’s perspectives and improvements in study design and the quality of clinical research.1 The nature and extent of support for the engagement of young people in research in Europe is unclear.
Methods A survey was sent to members of the European network of paediatric research at the EMA (Enpr- EMA),2 (Figure 1).
Results While more than half of the responding networks (N=17) actively involve young people/families, only 3 networks have dedicated resources and strategies in place to support this activity,3–5 (Table 1). Activities undertaking with young people/families in Enpr-EMA networks are summarised in Table 2.
Conclusions The majority of networks requested guidelines on establishing and maintaining young people’s advisory groups and/or identified the need for training for this activity. Responsible and effective involvement of young people/family in paediatric clinical research has been established only in some European networks and should be generalised urgently.
Acknowlegements Not applicable.
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2 Enpr-EMA webpages: http://www.ema.europa.eu/ema/index.jsp?curl=pages/partners_and_networks/general/general_content_000303.jsp and mid=WC0b01ac05801df74a
3 The Scottish Children’s Research Network (ScotCRN) Young Persons Group. Available at: http://www.scotcrn.org/young-people/straegy-documentation/
4 Medicines for Children Research Network Consumer Involvement Strategy 2012–2015. Available at: http://www.mcrn.org.uk/images/stories/consumer/consumer_strategy_sept_2013_jn1.pdf
5 Mother Infant Child Youth Research Network: Young Persons as Research Ambassadors and Advisors. Available at: http://www.micyrn.ca/CreatingAndConnectingNetwork.asp