|This project's final research report is expected to be available by January 2019.|
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
- Completing major revisions in the structure of the report to make sections of the Methods much clearer in response to reviewer comments that the report was difficult to follow
- Providing more details related to the structure and membership of the focus groups included early in the study
- Clarifying that low recruitment numbers of women with birth plans other than traditional vaginal delivery in a hospital setting meant that the investigators were unable to analyze data for women planning Cesarean births, or women planning home births
- Explaining how and why the investigators used "patient-reported experiences (PREs)" as terminology to differentiate such experiences from patient-reported outcomes (PROs). The former term was used to describe factors that were measured in pregnant women, whereas the latter term was used to describe factors postpartum. In response to reviewer confusion, the investigators renamed PREs to "values and preferences (V&P)"
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