Call for Abstracts

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 with moving POR into health care practice or policy at the third annual BC SUPPORT Unit conference!

Successful applicants will:

  • Present at Putting Patients First: Working Together Throughout the Research Life Cycle on November 20, 2019;
  • Be acknowledged in the Unit’s newsletter, The Bulletin;
  • Have an electronic copy of their abstract available on our website; and,
  • If interested, present a webinar about the project after the conference

Conference details can be found on the BC SUPPORT Unit conference webpage.

Please submit your abstract(s) by July 19, 2019 using our online form.

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

    View or download the full Call for Abstracts PDF here. 

    Submit an abstract 


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

    • Poster presentation
      • Create and present your poster at a stand-alone session during the conference OR
    • Break-out session (60 minutes)
      • oral presentation: share your work with a 15 minute oral presentation; 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 through the research life-cycle (60 minutes)

    Theme: The conference planning team has intentionally not defined a conference theme, instead are anticipating that themes will emerge from the abstracts submitted. Any patient-oriented project, experience, or competency that could help advance the knowledge and abilities of a community of stakeholders interested in patient-oriented research are welcome for submission.

    Patient-oriented research has five components. It:

    1. includes patients as partners
    2. focuses on patient-identified priorities
    3. measures patient-important outcomes
    4. is done by multi-disciplinary teams
    5. aims to improve policy and practice

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

    Although we welcome multiple abstract submissions, please note that only one abstract per primary presenter will be successful.

    Important Dates

    Abstract submissions are due Friday, July 19, 2019

    • Announcement: April 23, 2019
    • Abstract deadline: July 19, 2019, 11:59pm
    • Adjudication completed: August 30, 2019
    • Notification of acceptance: September 6, 2019
    • Conference held November 20, 2019

    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. 

    Selection Criteria

    Each abstract will be adjudicated on:

    • Patient-oriented research: 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

    Abstracts: Poster or Oral Presentations or WorkshopsMust be 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 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.

    • For panel presentations include a separate description for each presentation.

    Posters Specifications

    • 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. 
    • Only a limited number of posters will be accepted due to space limitations.

    Conference information

    Conference information

    • Registration for this conference is free.
    • Normally, patients will not be reimbursed travel or accommodation expenses, nor extended an offer of appreciation from the Unit. It’s anticipated that their research team or the entity supporting patient engagement will provide funding for this involvement.
    • Your BC SUPPORT Unit Regional Centre may offer some support; please check with them directly.
    • Presenters are encouraged to bring 8.5″ x 11″ hard copies of their project’s key messages or content, and may bring business cards, newsletters, brochures, or other project related materials, to share with conference participants.

    Be sure to schedule November 20, 2019 in Vancouver in your calendar.