Call for Abstracts 2017

The BC SUPPORT Unit wants to help you get your patient-oriented research project out to your colleagues!

Successful applicants will:

  • Have their poster promoted on the BC SUPPORT Unit’s Posters webpage and on social media channels
  • Present their poster at our inaugural conference, Putting Patients First:
    Partnerships for Better Health Research
    on November 9, 2017
  • Be acknowledged in the Unit's newsletter, The Bulletin
  • If interested, have an electronic copy of their poster archived on our website, available online
  • If interested, be invited to present a Unit webinar on the project described in their poster

What: Any patient-oriented research project, completed in whole or in part.

Who: Anyone interested in patient-oriented research. Students are encouraged to participate with their projects!


  • Announcement: July 27, 2017
  • Abstract deadline: September 15, 2017, 11:59pm
  • Adjudication completed: September 29, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: October 6, 2017
  • Conference held November 9, 2017



Eligibility Criteria

  • Research or evaluation may be published or unpublished, a single study or a body of work, the work of an individual or a team.
  • Time frame for when the research or evaluation was conducted is open, but the impact should have occurred recently.
  • Material should clearly state how it meets the definition of patient-oriented research.

Abstract Adjudication Process

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

Selection Criteria

Each abstract will be adjudicated on:

  • Patient-oriented research: the project exemplifies patient-oriented research as defined by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • 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: adequacy in research design, sample/sampling, data collection and instruments, data analysis, and feasibility.
  • Knowledge translation: an appropriate knowledge translation plan is included.


Must be a Word document no longer than 300 words without charts or tables - text only. The 300 word count does not include the title of your project, your team members' names/affiliations, abstract subheadings, acknowledgements, and references. Your abstract (and poster) should include the following sections (* mandatory):

  • Project title *
  • How this project is patient-oriented research*
  • Researcher name(s) and affiliations (where you study/work) *
  • Introduction and Background *
  • Methods *
  • Results/Findings *
  • Discussion/implications *
  • Dissemination/KT Approach *
  • Acknowledgements (of funders, supporters)
  • References

Posters Specifications

  • Posters boards are 4 feet high by 6 feet wide (4'x6').
  • Posters can be made using PowerPoint. Lots of free poster templates are available on the internet: do a Google search on 'free PowerPoint poster template' if you'd like to use one. 


  • Registration for this conference is free.
  • Be sure to schedule November 9 in Vancouver in your calendar so you can be there to present your poster!
  • Presenters are encouraged to bring 8.5" x 11" hard copies of their poster’s key messages or content, and may bring business cards, newsletters, brochures, or other project related materials, to share with conference participants.
  • Only a limited number of posters will be accepted due to space limitations.

Conference details can be found on our conference webpage.


By submitting an abstract to this initiative, you are giving permission for your abstract & poster, if accepted, to be made available on the internet, accessible to the general public.


Please submit your abstract by September 15 to our office.

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


View our printable poster here.

Return to the conference homepage.