Reviewing the National Children's Study Research Plan

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Aging, Children and Families, Diseases, Environmental Health, Health Services, Coverage, and Access, Public Health, Quality and Patient Safety, Select Populations and Health Equity, Substance Use and Mental Health
Board: Board on Children, Youth, and Families

Activity Description

The Committee on National Statistics of the National Research Council (NRC), in collaboration with the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the NRC and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and the IOM Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice conducted a peer review of the research plan for the National Children's Study (NCS). The purpose of the review was to assess the scientific rigor of the NCS and the extent to which the research plan specifies methods, measures, and collection of data and specimens to maximize the scientific yield of the study. The appointed committee conducted the review. Topics addressed included:

-  proposed outcomes and hypotheses;
-  proposed measures of environmental exposure, genetic makeup, family and community environment, and personal characteristics;
-  proposed data collection and analysis methods;
-  procedures for ensuring quality control across the study sites;
-  procedures for providing research access to the data while protecting confidentiality;

The panel published a written report of its assessment and recommendations.

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