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 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
- Updating the abstract to better match the results presented in the text, including the result that the primary outcome analysis did not show statistically significant differences between the compared interventions
- Adding to both the abstract and the full report a discussion of the lack of a control group and why it is a study limitation
- Stating clearly that the slope analyses were secondary analyses and that no sensitivity analyses had been performed
- Modifying some potentially objectionable language in the Background section
Conflict of Interest Disclosures
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