Final Research Report

This project's final research report is expected to be available by October 2022.

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This Simple Test Can Help Kids Hear Better (Susan Emmett | TEDGlobal 2017)

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Peer-Review Summary

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 praised the researchers on this well-written final report of an important research project.  There were few substantive comments.
  • One reviewer noted that the researchers asserted their study had limited generalizability because of its unique Tribal healthcare context and asked the researchers to provide some details about how the unique context could affect generalizability. The researchers explained that this telemedicine-focused study would require the community having an existing telehealth infrastructure like the one the researchers utilized in the Tribal health system.
  • The reviewer asked how the generalizability of the study could be improved in future studies. The researchers responded by suggesting that in non-Tribal areas the intervention could be moved into the school to address the need for a telehealth infrastructure and some of the other limitations of this study.

Project Information

Samantha Kleindienst Robler, AuD, PhD
Norton Sound Health Corporation
Addressing Childhood Hearing Loss Disparities in an Alaska Native Population: A Community Randomized Trial

Key Dates

December 2016
May 2022

Study Registration Information

^Philip Hofstetter, AuD, MA, was the original principal investigator on this project.


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