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Why data sharing is important for children
  1. Imti Choonara
  1. University of Nottingham School of Medicine, Derby, UK
  1. Correspondence to Emeritus Professor Imti Choonara; Imti.Choonara{at}

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Evidence-based medicine is recognised as the way of ensuring individual patients receive the correct diagnosis and treatment and that health systems ensure that appropriate treatments are provided to communities. Evidence-based medicine is especially important in children where many medicines are used in an off-label manner. Evidence-based medicine should result in the more rational use of medicines in children.1

Medical journals provide researchers with a location for their research. Peer review alongside editorial input is used in order to ensure that researchers’ findings are presented and interpreted objectively. This is essential for the generation of objective evidence. BMJ Paediatrics Open ensures that the peer review process is transparent by publishing the reviewers’ names, their comments and previous versions of the articles. All articles alongside the peer review comments are available to both health professionals and the public, free of charge. We recognise that not all individuals have access to the internet and that in many low and lower middle-income countries internet availability for health professionals and researchers is often intermittent or difficult to access.

Data sharing—the provision of the original research data for each scientific …

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