Results Summary and Professional Abstract
Dealing with Cancer Symptoms and Treatment Side Effects
A narrative on this project, which looks at how patients and care providers best manage severe symptoms, as well as troubling side effects of their cancer treatment.
Creating Tools Cancer Patients Will Use
Joseph Greer explains that understanding patients’ reasons for using mobile applications is critical to ensuring their usefulness.
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
- Expanding on the qualitative methods used in the research, and clarifying that the research should not be considered mixed methods since the qualitative work was done as part of engagement activities with study partners rather than as research with study participants.
- Revising the abstract, results, and discussion to acknowledge clearly that there was no significant difference between the intervention and comparison groups on the primary outcomes of adherence or self-reported symptoms, as well as overall quality of life or quality of care. Reviewers were concerned this was not clear because of the large number of subgroup and other analyses described in the report.
- Indicating that a small number of patients were recruited from community sites rather than from the academic medical center. Therefore, it was not possible to test for differences between sites.
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Training and Education Interventions