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.
Reviewers’ comments and the investigator’s changes in response included the following:
- The awardee restructured the report to more clearly describe the different projects in the study. This included adding an overview section describing how the report’s organization reflects previously published work.
- The reorganization helped the awardee clarify for reviewers that the projects represented three separate aims. The awardee provided more information on the focus group project. The investigator also indicated to reviewers that the other projects take a novel approach and examine analytic methods directly.
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