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.
Peer reviewers commented, and the researchers made changes or provided responses. The reviewers found the report to be excellent, clearly written, and well organized. They found the researchers’ conclusions to be well supported by the findings. The reviewers did request updates to the methodology standards section, and the researchers revised the section as requested. The reviewers also suggested relatively minor textual edits and made suggestions that could be helpful in future work. The researchers gave an in-depth response to each reviewer comment.
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