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: In response to reviewer requests, the awardee added figures to an appendix showing results for simulation 1 as well as for the other two covariate specifications. The awardee also added a list of variables to the appendix.
- Responding to reviewer feedback, the awardee clarified that simulation 1, unlike simulation 2, is generalizable because it included prevalent and rare outcome scenarios.
- The awardee expanded the discussion of how results differ across the simulation scenarios and provided guidance for researchers on determining which results are applicable for their own studies.
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