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General Information

Quality of Life Research Journal Abstract Supplement

Abstracts for accepted presentation will be published in the Quality of Life Research Journal Abstract Supplement, so long as the presenter confirms their intent to present by 21 June 2021. Presenters who do not confirm before 21 June run the risk of not having their abstracts included in the Abstract Supplement.

All Annual Conference registrants receive access to the digital abstract supplement.

Cancellation and Presenter Replacement

Presenting authors who are unable to present their oral and/or poster presentations may elect to have one of their co-authors serve as presenter, provided the co-author has not exceeded the maximum number of presentations per person. All presentation cancellations and presenter changes must be received in writing before 2 August 2021 to info@isoqol.org

Certificates of Presentation

Certificates of Presentation will be distributed electronically after the conference to all presenters.

Important Dates*

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

**All presenters must be registered by this date in order to have their abstract published.

Submission Guidelines

The following guidelines apply to all abstract submissions for the 28th 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 28th Annual Conference.

Official Language: Abstracts must be submitted and presented in English, the official language of the ISOQOL 28th 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

Oral, oral brief, and poster 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

 Each presenter has approximately 12 minutes to present their research. There is a maximum of 10 slides per oral presentation.

Oral Brief Presentation

Each speaker has seven (7) minutes to present using five (5) slides (maximum) plus a title slide. There is a maximum of five (5) slides per oral brief presentation.

Poster Presentation

Presenters should prepare a two (2) minute verbal presentation, in the form of an audio clip, to accompany their poster. For the Virtual Annual Conference, all posters will be created and available for viewing through the cloud-based platform, iPosterSessions.

Primary Application for Abstracts

Select one Primary Application. A description of the Primary Applications is noted below. Please note these categories were released in 2020.

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 were released in 2020.

Health Conditions
  • Cancer
  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology/Diabetes/Obesity
  • Mental Health
  • Musculoskeletal/Rheumatic
  • Nephrology/Urology
  • Neurological
  • Rehabilitation
  • Respiratory
  • Other health condition
  • 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. If you have not received a notification email by 7 June 2021, contact info@isoqol.org.

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 by 21 June 2021 in order to be included in the conference program.

Presentation Guidelines

Virtual Format: Symposium, Oral, Oral Brief, and Poster Presentations will be pre-recorded and available to view on-demand during the conference through 30 November.

Symposia Presentations:

Duration and slides: Each symposium group is allotted 75 minutes for a didactic or panel presentation; the group moderator sets specific time limits per speaker. Presenters may use slides.

Slide Template

Oral Presentations:

Duration and slides: Each presenter has approximately 12 minutes to present their research. There is a maximum of 10 slides per oral presentation.

Slide Template

Oral Briefs:

Duration and slides: Each speaker has seven (7) minutes to present using five (5) slides (maximum) plus a title slide. There is a maximum of five (5) slides per oral brief presentation.

Slide Template

Poster Presentations:

Duration: Presenters should prepare a two (2) minute verbal presentation, in the form of an audio clip, to accompany their poster.

Virtual Poster Creation: For the Virtual Annual Conference, all posters will be created and available for viewing through the cloud-based platform, iPosterSessions. 

Familiarize yourself with the platform using the iPosterSessions video tutorials and quick guide:

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.