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
- Providing the study protocol with the final report
- Referring more consistently to the intervention as the Chest Pain Choice (CPC) decision aid
- Revising unclear or imprecise language
Final Research Report
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View this project's study protocol.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures
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Results of This Project
Helping Patients with Chest Pain Make Decisions in the ER
Emergency physicians often recommend—or urge—monitoring and further testing when they see patients with chest pain, even if they haven’t had a heart attack. A feature story describes this study showing benefits of patients’ and doctors’ using a decision aid to guide next steps.