PCORI peer reviewers come from a variety of communities under the healthcare umbrella. Reviewers include:

  • Subject matter experts who are familiar with the topic of the research
  • Biostatisticians and other methodologists who can assess the quality of the study methods
  • Clinicians and other healthcare stakeholders, such as managers of clinics, manufacturers of healthcare devices, and policy makers
  • Patients, caregivers, or others with a personal stake in the research topic

Peer review has an important role in ensuring transparency about the quality and usefulness of our research findings. If the research funded by PCORI is to have value for the diverse communities within the healthcare system, we need input from a wide variety of individuals to provide our peer-review process with the knowledge and perspectives they have acquired through their own experiences.

Paul McLean describes the work of a PCORI patient peer reviewer and what to look for in a final research report.

Hanan Aboumatar, MD, MPH, shares why she appreciates the feedback she has received from PCORI patient peer reviewers and the value their perspectives provide.

More About Our Peer Reviewers

The goal of PCORI’s peer review process is to ensure that the Final Research Report is a full, unbiased account of the research, its limitations, and its interpretation in light of those limitations.

Peer review has an important role in ensuring transparency about the quality and usefulness of our research findings. Peer reviewers help PCORI by offering thoughtful and critical reviews to our funded research which helps continue our mission to bring together diverse communities with healthcare through a wide spectrum of knowledge and experiences.

We thank all of the peer reviewers who have taken the time to provide detailed, thoughtful critiques of the draft final research reports. The links below provide a list of names of the individuals contributing to any PCORI peer review during the listed fiscal year (October 1 to September 30).  The links also provide conflict of interest disclosures for each reviewer, as required by our authorizing law.


Posted: October 10, 2016; Updated: March 9, 2021

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