|This project's final research report is expected to be available by September 2018.|
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, Brach made changes including
- Further acknowledging in the Methods, Results, and Discussion sections that they were not able to test some of their aims because they did not randomly assign patients to specific types of exercise leaders
- Revising results to clarify that their analyses of the heterogeneity of treatment effects were post hoc and therefore the results could only be considered exploratory
- Further justifying the comparator intervention as equivalent to usual care in the facilities included in this study
- Detailing the strengths and limitations of their study sample, which had limited racial and ethnic diversity but considerable diversity of living arrangements. The investigators also added to their study limitations that patients with significant movement disabilities, sensory limitations, or who needed assistive devices were not included in the patient sample
- Providing more information about planned dissemination activities in their Discussion
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