Call for Abstracts: Putting Patients First 2022: Listening, Learning, Collaborating and Changing 

The BC SUPPORT Unit invites patients, their families and caregivers, researchers, health care providers, and health system decision makers to share their patient-oriented research (POR) and experiences at the fifth annual BC SUPPORT Unit conference! For the second time, our conference will be delivered using a virtual platform, increasing accessibility. 

Call for Abstracts: #PPF22 (March 10-11, 2022)

Successful applicants will:

  • Attend virtually the Putting Patients First on March 10 and 11, 2022.
  • Be acknowledged on the Unit’s website and in the Unit’s newsletter, The Bulletin;
  • Have your virtual poster or breakout presentation recording available online for broad dissemination

What: We are seeking abstract submissions in the following presentation styles:

  • Poster presentation
    • Posters can be prepared as a virtual poster using the “Better Poster” approach (see below section on Posters Specifications for details)
  • Break-out session (60 minutes)
    • Oral presentation: share your work with a 15 minute oral presentation through online technology; presentations will be grouped with 3 other oral presentations in a 60 minute block)
    • Panel presentation: coordinate a panel of 3-4 speakers addressing a similar topic related to the conference theme (60 minutes)
    • Skill building workshop: design an interactive session that will help participants learn how to work together (60 minutes)

Theme: Rather than defining a conference theme, we anticipate that themes will emerge from the abstracts submitted. Any project, experience, or competency that advances knowledge and skills around patient-oriented research is welcome.

Patient-oriented research:

  1. Includes patients as partners
  2. Focuses on patient-identified priorities
  3. Measures patient-important outcomes
  4. Involves multi-disciplinary teams                                                                                                                                                                
  5. Aims to improve policy and practice

Who: Anyone involved in POR. Students are encouraged to participate with their projects!

When: Abstracts are due by 11:59pm PT Friday, December 17, 2021. 

How: Abstracts must be submitted through our online form - sign in with your email to begin. 

Please note: You will be led to a sign-in page. Registration and a sign-in email is required to begin the abstract submission process.

Submit Your Abstract Here

Key Dates:

  • Announcement: September 9, 2021
  • Abstract deadline: Friday, December 17, 2021, 11:59pm PT
  • Adjudication completed: January 7, 2022
  • Notification of acceptance by: January 14, 2022
  • Conference: March 10 and 11, 2022

Eligibility Criteria

  • All abstracts must clearly state how the project meets the definition of patient-oriented research used by the BC SUPPORT Unit.
  • Projects can address any aspect of patient-oriented research or knowledge translation and can report a single study or results of a body of work completed by an individual or research team.
  • Priority will be given to BC-based research teams.
  • Workshop submissions must clearly describe the learning outcomes for participants and will need to demonstrate experience and relevance of any competencies to be addressed. 
  • Completed research will be given preference for oral presentations.

Adjudication Process

Adjudication will be undertaken by a team comprised of the BC SUPPORT Unit’s four stakeholder groups: patients, researchers, and health care providers, and health system decision-makers.

Selection Criteria

Each abstract will be adjudicated on:

  • Fit: the project exemplifies POR or lessons learned from conducting, disseminating or implementing POR. This includes representation, where possible, of the four stakeholder groups (patients, researchers, health care providers and health system decision-makers).
  • Significance: relevance of the problem and/or implications for clinical practice, patient care, or health care system.
  • Coherence: demonstrates good understanding of the problem; inclusion of relevant literature; logical link between problem, goals, and research questions.
  • Appropriateness of Methods:
    • For research projects: adequacy in research design, sample/sampling, data collection and instruments, data analysis, and feasibility.
    • For workshops: clear statement of workshop purpose, target audience, teaching methods, and learning outcomes.     
  • Knowledge sharing plan: indicates how knowledge will be shared beyond the conference participants; to whom and how.

    Abstracts: Poster or Oral Presentations or Workshops

    Must be no longer than 500 words without charts or tables – text only. The 500-word count does not include the title of your project, your team members’ names/affiliations, abstract subheadings, acknowledgements, and references. Your abstract should include the following sections (* mandatory; if these sections are not included, your abstract will not be reviewed):

    Project title*

    • Type of submission: poster, oral presentation, panel presentation, workshop*
    • How this presentation or workshop demonstrates or can inform patient-oriented research*
    • Presenter name(s) and affiliations (where you study/work)*
    • Introduction and Background*
    • For poster or oral presentations include*
    • Methods
      • Results/Findings
      • Discussion/implications
      • Dissemination plan/KT Approach
      • Acknowledgements (of funders, supporters)
      • References
    • For workshops include:
      • Description of proposed content
      • Teaching/Learning approaches
      • Target audience
      • Learning outcomes
      • References

    Abstracts: Panel Presentations

     Must be no longer than 500 words without charts or tables – text only. The 500-word count does not include the title of your project, your team members’ names/affiliations, acknowledgements, and references. Include a separate description for each presentation on your proposed panel.

    Posters Specifications

    Additional resources for preparing your ePoster:

    Conference information

    We welcome your contribution and wish you the best of luck!

    Submit your abstract here

    Please note: You will be led to a sign-in page. Registration and a sign-in email is required to begin the abstract submission process.

    Having trouble submitting your abstract? Please contact Belinda Jampoh.