Age Estimation of Adolescents for Legal Purposes (AGE-ADO)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified January 2012 by Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
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First received: March 30, 2012
Last updated: February 13, 2013
Last verified: January 2012

Economic globalisation has been associated with a rise of cross-border migration in Europe. In France, courts commonly demand appropriate medical tests aimed at age estimations of supposed minors without documentation. Determining the age of foreign adolescents may be important in order to define the rights and protection afforded them by law depending on this status, and the conditions in which they may be detained or held in police custody if they are under suspicion. Age estimation is considered to be ideally based on the combination of clinical, skeletal, and dental examinations. A number of forensic physicians do not integrate published recommendations or the results of published studies into their daily practice. Previous studies have shown that medical practice is heterogeneous in this area. Factors determining this heterogeneity are unknown.

We hypothesize that the personal and professional development of the physician, as well as the characteristics and the circumstances of medical examination can affect medical response on age determination, beyond clinical and radiological data. The purpose of this study is to identify factors determining medical response to courts.

Bone Maturation

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Age Estimation of Adolescents for Legal Purposes: Determining the Medical Response

Further study details as provided by Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Medical response transmitted to courts regarding age determination, at the end of medical examination [ Time Frame: One hour ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Age evaluation based on published evidence on age determination, as evaluated by independent experts at 12 months [ Time Frame: 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    In each case, compatibility of (1) age (or age interval) transmitted to courts and (2) age evaluation based on published evidence on age determination, as evaluated by independent experts.

Estimated Enrollment: 500
Study Start Date: May 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
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Ages Eligible for Study:   10 Years to 30 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Adolescents or young adult addressed by the judicial police officer,for age determination in one of the participating centers

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adolescent or young adult referred by judicial authorities for age determination

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Refusal to undergo a medical examination
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01577498

Contact: Patrick chariot, MD 0033148026510

: Jean Verdier hospital, Department of forensic medicine Recruiting
Bondy, France, 93140
Contact: Patrick Chariot, MD    0033148026510   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris
Principal Investigator: PATRICK CHARIOT, MD AP-HP Hospital Jean Verdier
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Responsible Party: Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris Identifier: NCT01577498     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AOR 11118 
Study First Received: March 30, 2012
Last Updated: February 13, 2013
Health Authority: France: Comité consultatif sur le traitement de l'information en matière de recherche dans le domaine de la santé

Keywords provided by Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris:
Skeletal age
Chronological age
Adolescent processed this record on April 27, 2016