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
- Providing more explanation about their choice to use mixed-effects random forests to account for missing data, based on questions from multiple reviewers
- Summarizing results in a way to make the data more meaningful to readers, with limited jargon
- Explaining that in recruiting patient and stakeholder partners, the investigators did not want to overburden younger parents, and included stakeholders based on diversity of the group, but also based on existing relationships with individuals
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