Age Estimation of Adolescents for Legal Purposes (AGE-ADO)
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.
|Study Design:||Time Perspective: Prospective|
|Official Title:||Age Estimation of Adolescents for Legal Purposes: Determining the Medical Response|
- Medical response transmitted to courts regarding age determination, at the end of medical examination [ Time Frame: One hour ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- 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.
|Study Start Date:||May 2012|
|Study Completion Date:||March 2014|
|Primary Completion Date:||April 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01577498
|: Jean Verdier hospital, Department of forensic medicine|
|Bondy, France, 93140|
|Principal Investigator:||PATRICK CHARIOT, MD||AP-HP Hospital Jean Verdier|