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COVID-19

The health of ISOQOL members and conference attendees is our top priority. ISOQOL is closely monitoring information and global reports related to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). At this time the ISOQOL 27th Annual Conference is proceeding as planned in October 2020.

Should ISOQOL leadership decide on any changes to ISOQOL events, we will provide further updates via email and post to www.ISOQOL.org.

Important Dates*

*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM Central Time on the day of their deadline unless otherwise noted.

Submission Guidelines

The following guidelines apply to all abstract submissions for the 27th Annual Conference. Click the links at the left for further guidelines specific to each abstract submission type.

Original Work: Each abstract should represent complete and original results. Submitting multiple abstracts based on the same data is not permitted. Research that has been presented or published prior to the time of abstract submission will not be considered for the 27th Annual Conference.

Official Language: Abstracts must be submitted and presented in English, the official language of the ISOQOL 27th Annual Conference.

Submission Method: Only electronic submissions will be considered for review.

Supported Browsers: Please use one of the following browsers to submit your abstract: Internet Explorer 11, Firefox (current version), Chrome (current version), Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari 7 and above.

Session Timeout: Inactivity of more than 120 minutes on the same page will result in a session time out. Please save your pages intermittently to avoid loss of data.

Sentence Case: Do not submit abstracts in all capital letters. Abstracts (including titles) should be submitted in sentence case.

Word Limit: Abstracts must be 350 words or fewer. Word count is calculated as the cumulative number of words in the Aims, Methods, Results, and Conclusions sections only. Abstract title and supporting graphs or figures are not included in the total word count.

Remove identifiers: Please remove any indicators of authors’ names throughout the abstract submission and uploads (if applicable), to ensure a true double-blind peer review process.

Proofread: The information provided in the submission will be published exactly as submitted. In some cases, special characters and formatting do not transfer if the abstract is pasted into the submission fields from a word processing program. Common examples of this include missing apostrophes, accent marks, ampersands, and trademark symbols. Proofread your submission carefully, and if needed, add these characters individually using keyboard shortcut “alt” codes. ISOQOL will not be responsible for incorrect symbols or special characters in your abstract.

Incomplete submissions: Abstracts that are in draft form will not be considered for review.

Submission Edits: You may revisit the site up until the posted deadline to edit your submission.

Presenter Restrictions: A maximum of two abstracts may be selected by any one presenting author. Only one oral presentation will be permitted per presenting author. An author may only contribute to the presentation of one symposium.

Oral, Brief, and Poster Submission Guidelines

Abstract submissions are now closed.

Presentation Preference

When submitting an abstract, select all the presentation formats which you would like your research to be considered:

Oral Presentation

All oral sessions are 90 minutes and contain five individual presentations. Each presenter is allotted approximately 11 minutes to present their research immediately followed by five minutes to answer questions from the audience. The Session Chair will introduce each presenter prior to his presentation and facilitate discussion questions following the conclusion of each presentation. There is a maximum of 10 slides per presentation.

Oral Brief Presentation

Oral briefs offer the distinct opportunity to give a short verbal presentation in a group setting. An oral brief session includes up to 10 presenters. After a personal introduction by the moderator, each speaker has 7 minutes to present using five slides (maximum) plus a title slide. While the rapid pace of oral briefs does not allow for audience Q&A within the session, presenters are encouraged to stay after the conclusion of the session to make themselves available for questions.

Poster Presentation

Poster presenters should prepare a brief three (3) minute presentation and be able to discuss their research with their peers. Poster sessions are 40 minutes in total length. Presenters must stand in front of their posters during the dedicated presentation time for their assigned poster session. 

Primary Application for Abstracts

Select one Primary Application. A description of the Primary Applications is noted below. Please note these categories are not the same as previous years.

Theoretical Work

Abstracts in this category use theory to advance the understanding of HRQOL phenomena. Such work might include novel efforts to explain known associations or relationships observed in the literature; modifications or extensions to theories that are routinely or historically used in HRQOL research and applications; or applications of an established theory from another field to HRQOL phenomena. Abstracts in this category should not be presenting new data (including qualitative or formative work) or meta-analyses, but may reference published data in support of a theory.

Methodological Work

Work in this category reports on qualitative or quantitative methods for developing and evaluating patient-reported health status, as well as methods for analyzing and interpreting scores from such measures of health assessments. While the work might feature a particular disease area or measure, the primary aim of the work is to present a method rather than present findings about a particular measure or population.

Application: Clinical Research

Abstracts in this category use patient-centered measures to better understand the nature, prevention, treatment, and management of different health conditions. Approaches used in this category could include qualitative or quantitative, randomized or non-randomized, cross-sectional or longitudinal, and meta-analyses.

Application: Clinical Care

Abstracts in this category include reports of efforts to integrate the patient’s voice more effectively into clinical encounters. Examples include descriptions of experiences implementing a standardized PRO collection system in a single clinic, reports of the development of a streamlined questionnaire battery for patients to complete prior to visits, and efforts to develop better reports for clinicians of patients’ PRO data over time. It is expected that abstracts in this category are more descriptive in nature with limited sample sizes. Larger and/or randomized studies should be categorized as Clinical Research.

Application: Policy

Abstracts in this category focus on issues relevant to the requirement, development, and large-scale (e.g., Health System, Government) application of patient-reported outcomes in health care practice, regulatory, and population/surveillance settings.  Abstracts may include program evaluation, case studies, and economic analyses.

Secondary Applications for Abstracts

Select at least one Health Condition and one Population that best define(s) your abstract. A minimum of one and a maximum of two may be selected for each question. Please note these categories have changed from previous years.

Health Conditions
  • Cancer
  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology/Diabetes/Obesity
  • Mental Health
  • Musculoskeletal/Rheumatic
  • Nephrology/Urology
  • Neurological
  • Rehabilitation
  • Respiratory
  • Other health condition
Populations
  • Children and adolescents
  • Older people
  • Caregivers and relatives
  • Cultural and ethnic minorities
  • Vulnerable populations
  • General population
  • Other populations

Review Process

Oral, oral brief, and poster abstracts undergo a double blind peer review led by the Scientific Program Committee. To ensure that abstracts within each of the primary categories are fairly evaluated, abstract reviewers are asked to identify which primary and secondary categories reflect their areas of expertise.

Abstracts are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Importance of the problem being addressed
  • Innovation of the approach
  • Rigor of the approach
  • Clarity of the description of the work
  • Potential impact of the work described

Abstract Acceptance Notification

After the submission deadline, the presenting author will receive an acceptance notification and session assignment to the email address used during abstract submission. 

Accepted abstracts will be assigned to a specific presentation time. All presenters must use the online submission acceptance form to confirm their intention to present in order to be included in the conference program.

An updated timeline for acceptance notification will be posted as available. 

Oral Presentation Guideline

All oral sessions are 90 minutes and contain five individual presentations. Each presenter is allotted approximately 11 minutes to present their research immediately followed by five minutes to answer questions from the audience. The Session Chair will introduce each presenter prior to his presentation and facilitate discussion questions following the conclusion of each presentation. Presentation order will be listed in the final program. There is a maximum of 10 slides per oral presentation.

Your “Assigned Presentation ID Number” (104.3, 105.5, 108.2 etc.) indicates the assigned session and presentation order. For example, “104.3” indicates Oral Session 104 and presenter number three.

Please arrive to your session 10-15 minutes early to load your presentation, check the equipment, and allow for ample time for AV technician support in the instance of a technical difficulty.

 

Creating an Effective Oral Presentation

Visually appealing slides enhance an oral presentation. Strategies for creating effective slides include:

  • Incorporate graphics, tables, and graphs
  • Use dark colored text on a light background for readability ease
  • Limit the number of slides to a maximum of 10 per presentation
  • Avoid text heavy slides
  • Include a slide containing your name and contact information at the end of the presentation.

 

Presentation Template (optional)

The ISOQOL 2020 Annual Conference presentation template is available for any presenters who wish to use it. Use of the template is completely optional.

Download PowerPoint template

Download background graphics (for use in existing presentation)

Oral Brief Presentation Guideline

Oral briefs offer the distinct opportunity to give a short verbal presentation in a group setting. An oral brief session includes up to 10 presenters. After a personal introduction by the moderator, each speaker has 7 minutes to present using five slides (maximum) plus a title slide. While the rapid pace of oral briefs does not allow for audience Q&A within the session, presenters are encouraged to stay after the conclusion of the session to make themselves available for questions.

Your “Assigned Presentation ID Number” (B201.1, B202.9) indicates the assigned session and presentation order. For example, “B204.8” indicates Oral Brief Session 204 and presenter number eight.

Please feel free to use the presentation template linked above for oral briefs.

Poster Presentation Guideline

Poster presenters should prepare a brief three (3) minute presentation and be able to discuss their research with their peers. Poster sessions are 40 minutes in total length. Presenters must stand in front of their posters during the dedicated presentation time for their assigned poster session. Handouts relating to posters are welcome.

Poster Display Schedule

All posters should be displayed for duration of the session in which they are assigned (see schedule below). Presenters are responsible for setting up and removing posters during the specified set-up and removal times. Posters that are not removed by the end of the scheduled removal time will be placed on a table in the back of the poster hall. Any posters left at the end of the conference will be discarded.

Poster Size:

Each poster will be allocated a vertical display board that measures 250 cm high x 100 cm wide (8.2 feet high x 3.25 feet wide). Your printed poster must not exceed the allocated board space. Posters will be mounted on display boards with tacks (sample of one board below):

Creating an Effective Poster

Best practices for poster presentations:

  • Design should be simple and eye-catching
  • Use large (24 point or larger) font
  • Posters should be able to be read within 10 minutes
  • Include an introduction and a summary panel
  • Utilize graphs and statistical data where possible, and avoid lengthy text explanations
  • Abbreviations should be kept to a minimum and clearly defined
  • Include business cards or handouts containing your name and contact information.

Our Sponsors

The International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) is a global community of researchers, clinicians, health care professionals, industry professionals, consultants, and patient research partners advancing health related quality of life research (HRQL).

Together, we are creating a future in which patient perspective is integral to health research, care and policy.