The goals of the P2P program are to host workshops that:
Most other scientific and medical conferences rely on Content-Area Experts to make recommendations; however, this raises the possibility of potential conflicts of interest due to financial, intellectual, or personal considerations that may compromise professional judgment and objectivity. In contrast, a P2P workshop examines the topics from an unbiased perspective through a workshop panel that is carefully vetted by the NIH ODP. The panel members are highly regarded in their own fields, but have no financial or intellectual conflicts related to the topic. In addition to the unbiased, independent panel, each P2P workshop has an evidence report, prepared by one of a network of Evidence-based Practice Centers through a contract with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The evidence report serves as a cornerstone of the P2P workshop process by providing a clear and objective description of the state of the science, a summary of ongoing research, and an evaluation of research needs.
Topic proposals are submitted online and reviewed by the ODP on a rolling basis. Any NIH Institute or Center (IC), or Office, may submit a proposal for a workshop to the ODP. In addition, trans-NIH workgroups and other U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agencies may submit proposals, as long as an NIH IC or Office has been identified as the sponsor. A topic must:
The P2P workshop panel is independent of the NIH and the federal government, and each member is carefully vetted by the ODP for conflicts of interest. During the Content-Area Expert Group planning meeting, the Workshop & Panel Chair is given recommendations for the panel by the Content-Area Experts. Each panel is an unbiased, independent group typically composed of 8 to 10 members who give balanced, objective, and informed attention to the topic.
Panel members represent a variety of perspectives and may include biostatisticians, epidemiologists, practicing and academic health professionals, clinical trial researchers and other investigators, non-health professionals with expertise in fields relevant to the specific topic (e.g., ethicists, economists, attorneys), and individuals representing public-centered values and concerns. They are recruited with the aim of appropriately reflecting a diverse set of professional and experiential perspectives within the workshop panel. Panel members are not paid a fee or honorarium for their efforts; however, they are reimbursed for travel expenses related to their participation in the conference. The P2P workshop panel attends the full workshop, where the panelists listen to and have the opportunity to question speakers who are experts in the topic. Panelists then produce a report that synthesizes all the evidence presented to them, including speaker testimony and public input during the workshop.
Content-Area Expert Group members collaborate with one another to make recommendations to the Workshop & Panel Chair regarding the workshop questions, agenda, and panelist and speaker nominations. These experts come from the federal government, academia, and clinical practice.
The list of names of the P2P panelists is not released until the first day of the workshop to ensure that the panel reviews the evidence without bias or influence and to promote impartiality.
The ODP provides administrative and technical support to the P2P panels. As part of this support, the ODP:
While ODP staff supports P2P panels, it is important to note that panels are independent and their reports and recommendations do not require NIH approval and are not policy statements of the NIH or the federal government.
P2P panel reports identify research gaps in a given scientific area, identify methodological and scientific weaknesses in the scientific area, and highlight issues that need to be addressed to move the field forward. Although P2P workshops are convened by the NIH, the recommendations set forth in the final panel reports are intended for use by the broader research community. Panel reports are not policy statements of the federal government.
Every P2P workshop is open to the public, and there are opportunities for members of the public to comment and ask questions during the workshop. In addition, each P2P workshop panel includes an individual representing public-centered values and concerns. The public is also encouraged to submit comments on the draft panel report when it is posted on the ODP website for a public comment period. Once the final report is available, the public is encouraged to share it widely.
P2P workshops are free and open to the public, and registration can be accessed from the ODP website.
To avoid perceived conflicts of interest, we cannot accept contributions or sponsorship from non-government entities.
Before the workshop, a draft evidence report, prepared by one of a network of Evidence-based Practice Centers through a contract with the AHRQ, is released for public comment. The final evidence report is posted on the ODP and AHRQ websites on the first day of the workshop.
Depending on the workshop topic, the following credits may be available to participants through the ODP’s partnership with the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC).
The CDC is accredited by the ACCME to provide CME for physicians. Please note that continuing education credits are not available for webcast viewers.
The P2P workshop is videocast live and archived on the ODP website.