Results Summary and Professional Abstract
At Teenagers' Checkups, Height, Weight—and Cholesterol?
A narrative on this project, which looks at whether cholesterol-level screenings should become routine for adolescents, and how researchers are developing ways to help adolescents, parents, and clinicians make wise choices about screening.
Peer review of PCORI-funded research helps ensure that research reports present complete, balanced, useful information about the research. It also examines how well the research has followed the PCORI Methodology Standards. During peer review, experts who were not members of the research team read a draft report of the research. These experts may include a scientist focused on the research topic, a specialist in research methods, a patient or caregiver, and a healthcare professional. Reviewers do not benefit from the results of the research (e.g., no conflicts of interest).
Peer reviewers point out where the draft report may need revision. For example, they may suggest ways to improve how the research team analyzed results, reported conclusions, or listed shortcomings. Learn more about PCORI’s peer review process here.
In response to peer review, the PI made revisions including:
- Adding further explanation of why the study sample might not be typical of all groups of adolescents and young adults with similar health problems
- Describing more fully the work the study team did to develop better ways for study participants to express how study interventions affected them
- Providing more information about how researchers extracted information from interviews with adolescent/young adults and parents to determine their preferences about cholesterol screening and treatment
- Explaining in more detail the pros and cons of screening children for hypercholesterolemia (versus just adults) to inform patients, caregivers, and clinicians about which screening strategy is best
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