|This project's final research report is expected to be available by June 2019.|
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:
- Reviewers generally found the study to be very strong and the report to be clearly written but could not see the connection between the systematic review and the development of the decision tool. The researchers explained that instead of summarizing the articles described in the systematic review, they used the information from the review to develop the final structure of the decision tool.
- Reviewers asked how the research accomplished one of the original objectives of the systematic review, which was determining which methodological technique works best when. The researchers revised the report to explain that they focused instead on the need to align the research question, methods, and interpretation in observational research.
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