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The goal of peer review is to ensure that the primary research studies funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) are held to the highest standards of scientific integrity, methodological rigor, and usefulness to patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders. By law, all PCORI-funded primary research (i.e., research asking which of two or more approaches is better) must undergo peer review. The peer-review process adds to the credibility, authority, trustworthiness, and relevance of PCORI-funded research findings.

If the research PCORI funds is to be valuable to the diverse communities within the healthcare system, we need a wide variety of individuals to share the knowledge and perspectives they have acquired through their own experiences. PCORI peer reviewers include:

  • Patients, caregivers, or others with a personal or professional stake in the research topic
  • Clinicians and other healthcare stakeholders, such as members of industry and policy makers
  • Scientists, other subject-matter specialists, and health-services researchers
  • Biostatisticians and other methodologists who can assess the quality of the study methods

If you would like to apply to be considered as a peer reviewer (or if you have already been selected as a peer review and need to complete your disclosure information) click here or on Application in the left-hand navigation panel of this web page. After you provide background information and answer questions about your health experience, your name will be included in our list of potential reviewers. When reports are submitted that cover topics related to your identified health experiences, you may be contacted to review that report. Reviewers will receive a small honorarium as a thank you for contributing to PCORI's peer review process.

Before starting your application, you may want to read through the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).