Please consider the following style guidelines as a general direction in the submission process to have the abstracts submitted as consistent and standardised for the Annual Conference publications (website, program and abstract book).
Title: must not exceed 70 characters, with no abbreviations and the beginning of each word is capitalized.
Introduction: Include the scientific background and rationale, and give a clear statement of the problem, issue, study goal, objectives, and/or research hypothesis. Must be clearly stated to achieve the highest score.
Methods: For quantitative and related studies, include a clear statement of the perspective, data collected, sources of data, analyses including statistical testing, etc. Clearly describe the populations studied, method of accrual and sample frame and analytical techniques. For conceptual, institutional, organizational or policy papers, provide a concise description of the content of the paper or report to be presented and other relevant factors such as policy analysis of alternatives, details of qualitative methods, etc.
Results: Present the most important study findings including generalisability to other populations, health systems or countries if relevant. Abstracts must reflect work that has already been done (i.e. results available) or at least provide preliminary results suggesting that the work is in progress and that results will be available to present at the Annual Meeting.
Conclusions: Provide a concise statement on the most important findings or policy implications. You should also address the question, “What do these results mean for your main area of research?” If relevant, include next steps, proposals for further research and study limitations.
- - Max 250 words
- - 5 keywords
- - Title – start of all words capitalized, no abbreviations
- - Define all abbreviations on first use
- - Use the word ‘percent’ rather than %
(except for when using with numbers for Confidence intervals – stated as 95% CI)
- - Confidence Interval – define first i.e. Confidence Interval (95% CI: 0.33 – 2.4)
- - All numbers less than 1 have a 0 in front e.g. p< 0.001
- - For numeric lists use Arabic letters in parentheses (i), (ii), (iii)
- - i.e., e.g., e.t.c. must be spelled out – that is, for example and etcetera if as part of main text. In brackets abbreviations are allowed.
- - Numbers up to 100 spelled out and for 100 and over given as a numeral, but numerals for units of time and measurement.
- - Dates must be in form of 8 June 1960 and not 8/6/60 or 6/8/60
- - Currency should be given using currency abbreviations (see www.xe.com/iso4217.php) and must always include a conversion to USD or EUR as well as the local currency value i.e. in parentheses after the initial currency (i.e. USD ___) or (EUR ___)
- - No Tables, Figures and Charts allowed
- - No references allowed
- - Results must be provided for publishing in supplement