In Care Transitions, a Chance to Make or Break Patients' Recovery
A narrative on what happens when patients are harmed by poorly executed transitions between healthcare settings.
Peer review of PCORI-funded research helps make sure the report presents complete, balanced, and useful information about the research. It also confirms that the research has followed PCORI’s 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 have conflicts of interest with the study.
The peer reviewers point out where the draft report may need revision. For example, they may suggest ways to improve how the research team analyzed its results or reported its conclusions. Learn more about PCORI’s peer-review process here.
In response to peer review, the PI made changes including
- Clarifying the role that patients and other stakeholders played in the development of study aims and other processes before and during study implementation
- Providing more details in the Methods to address reviewer concerns that the report lacked several reporting elements required by the CONSORT statement. This included describing modifications to the study eligibility criteria and sample size
- Clarifying and describing their assumptions regarding missing data, and describing sensitivity analyses performed to determine whether results differed when including data from families who did not complete the study, or who did not use the Family Navigator intervention. The result was no change in the outcomes of the study, indicating that the intervention did not have a significant effect on most primary and secondary outcomes even when limiting the analysis to families who completed treatment
- Revising the Results and Discussion sections of the report and the abstract to clearly state the primary and secondary outcomes, and acknowledge null findings. These were separated from the more positive post-hoc analyses
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