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PCORI Holds Public Forum on Peer Review Process

October 3, 2014—At a Sept. 29 forum on peer review, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) held a discussion with stakeholders on PCORI’s recently proposed guidance on processes for peer review and for making PCORI-funded primary research findings publicly available.

PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby, M.D., M.P.H., said a central challenge for PCORI in developing the guidance was ensuring peer review and adherence to the PCORI methodological standards within the required 90-day timeframe for public release. Additionally, the Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148), PCORI’s authorizing law, mandates several conditions for this release:

  • the research be conveyed in a comprehensible and useful manner for patients;
  • it will discuss considerations specific to certain sub-populations, risk factors, and comorbidities; and
  • the release will note specific limitations of the research and identify future directions for study.

Panelists at the forum expressed various suggestions regarding the current proposal. In particular, they focused on the need for context and interpretation of the results to be included with the research findings, and explored innovative methods for translation and dissemination. Discussants questioned how the PCORI review process will overlap or interact with any potential review by journals.

Dr. Selby noted that PCORI expects a high volume of comments and will produce a revised proposal incorporating this input for the Board of Governors to vote on early next year. The comment period is currently open and closes Nov. 7, 2014.


Alexander Ommaya, DSc, Senior Director,
Clinical and Translational Research and Policy
Telephone: 202-741-5520

Anurupa Dev, Ph.D.
Lead Specialist, Science Policy
Telephone: 202-862-6048


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