Results Summary and Professional Abstract
Peer review of PCORI-funded research helps make sure the report presents complete, balanced, and useful information about the research. It also assesses how the project addressed PCORI’s Methodology Standards. During peer review, experts read a draft report of the research and provide comments about the report. These experts may include a scientist focused on the research topic, a specialist in research methods, a patient or caregiver, and a healthcare professional. These reviewers cannot 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 descriptions of the conduct of the study or to clarify the connection between results and conclusions. Sometimes, awardees revise their draft reports twice or more to address all of the reviewers’ comments.
Peer reviewers commented and the researchers made changes or provided responses. Those comments and responses included the following:
- The reviewers found the research study and report to be important and well-described. Researchers mostly addressed reviewers’ questions by adding information to the report.
- The reviewers asked the researchers to include additional information about the importance of unintended pregnancy as a patient-centered outcome as well as a public health outcome. The researchers added that there is some debate about whether unintended pregnancy is a patient-centered outcome, as it does not consider differences in the value or salience of unintended pregnancy among different women. The researchers focused instead on providing a tool that would help women make better-informed decisions about their birth control preferences.
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