Final Research Report
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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:
- The reviewers asked for more information about the conditions that the researchers considered examining in this project, and how the researchers decided to focus on type 1 diabetes in children as the model condition used in the research. The researchers added information to the report describing the process they underwent to narrow the original eight conditions under consideration to three top priority conditions, and how they used health system leader input to decide to prioritize type 1 diabetes.
- Reviewers questioned the researchers’ decision to omit outcome data from the National Quality Forum measure on cases of acute otitis media in children and suggested that the researchers describe the results they had on this measure for transparency. The researchers disagreed, explaining in the text the issues that made the validity of the measure questionable. The researchers responded to reviewers that they did not feel they should report data that were inaccurate and probably invalid.
- The reviewers advised the researchers to remove a section of the report related to US News & World Report rankings of hospitals and hospital departments. This information was initially included because such rankings and benchmarking of hospitals would typically significantly affect referrals and revenue. The reviewers felt that this information heavily involved marketing rather than research and therefore did not belong in the report. The researchers moved this information to an appendix instead.
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