Abstract Information

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ISOQOL is optimistically planning to hold the 28th Annual Conference in Calgary for October 2021. The ISOQOL Board of Directors will assess the feasibility of an in-person meeting early next Spring 2021. If anything changes, it will be announced to both the abstract submitters and the ISOQOL membership at that time.

General Information

Abstract Note

Based on survey feedback and in an effort to reduce paper waste, only the abstract title and presenting author will be printed in the Annual Conference final program booklet. The abstract title, all contributing authors, and the entire abstract will still be published in the Quality of Life Research journal supplement that is distributed to all Annual Conference attendees and available online. Thank you for supporting our environment-conscious efforts to go green.

Quality of Life Research Journal Abstract Supplement

Abstracts for accepted presentation will be printed in the Quality of Life Research Journal Abstract Supplement, so long as the presenter confirms their intent to present by 14 June 2021. Presenters who do not confirm before 14 June run the risk of not having their abstracts included in the Abstract Supplement.

A printed copy of the Abstract Supplement will be available to all annual conference attendees as part of their registration materials.

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. Late cancellations or failure to present without prior notice may result in restrictions on abstract acceptance for future ISOQOL conferences.

Certificates of Presentation

Certificates of Presentation will be distributed electronically after the conference to all presenters. Those who require a physical copy can request one at the registration desk during the conference.

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 and receive a scheduled time to present at the conference.

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

Abstract submissions open late-February 2021.

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 14 June 2021 in order to be included in the conference program.

Symposium Submission Guidelines

Symposium abstract submissions are now closed. 

Symposium Submission Instructions

Symposia provide an opportunity for a comprehensive examination of a selected topic pertaining to health related quality of life research and patient-reported outcomes and are 75 minutes long. A symposium can highlight emerging research or initiate discussion of policy issues.

Symposium Moderators

The online submission system will allow the Symposium Moderator to submit the overall symposium synopsis, presentation format, funding source (if applicable) and names of individual presentation authors (if necessary) for your symposium. This can be completed at any point, regardless of when the presenters submit their individual abstracts for the symposium.

Presenting Authors

Each presenting author is responsible for submitting their own individual abstract. The abstracts will be paired together based on the information entered in the “Symposium Title” field. It is imperative that the text in the “Symposium Title” field reads exactly the same across all submissions within your symposium group.

If the symposium moderator is also a presenting author (submitting their own individual abstract), this requires a second submission. Enter the Symposium Submission again, click “Add” for an additional symposium submission and follow the instructions for “presenter at the symposium”. Specifically, for the question “are you the symposium moderator”, you should indicate “no” since you are acting as a presenter at this time. All the abstracts for your symposium will be paired together by the matching information entered in the “Symposium Title” field.

Symposium Review Process

Symposium abstracts will undergo a double blind peer review led by the Scientific Program Planning Committee. Symposium abstracts will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Quality
  • Relevance
  • Originality
  • Data Completeness
  • Interest to Conference Attendees

Symposium Acceptance Notification

Submitting moderators will be notified regarding the acceptance of their abstracts in late February 2021. Submitting moderators of selected symposia must formally confirm their presentations, review and agree to the presenter terms and conditions through the online acceptance form. The deadline for confirmation is 8 March 2021.

Resubmitting Declined Symposium Abstracts

In the event that a Symposium Abstract is not selected for presentation at the Annual Conference, the supporting abstracts can be re-submitted for consideration as an oral, oral brief or poster presentation at the 28th Annual Conference. Abstracts must be re-submitted to the oral, oral brief, and poster abstract submission category in order to be eligible for selection for presentation in this category.

Workshop Submission Guidelines

Workshop proposal submissions are now closed. 

Workshop Proposal Instructions

Workshop proposals should include:

  • Description of the workshop goals
  • Intended audience
  • Presentation format
  • Outline of workshop content
  • A short description of the submitting organizer’s background and experience in the topic
  • One to three measurable learning objectives (150 word limit for each objective)

Workshop Content

Workshop proposals include the following sections for a combined maximum of 350 words: workshop goals, intended audience, presentation format, and workshop overview/outline.

Workshop content should be original work of educational benefit to workshop attendees. ISOQOL policy prohibits the use of workshops as a platform for presenters to conduct research for personal advancement or to market a product.

Workshop Presenters

The number of workshop presenters should be disclosed at the time of abstract submission and, due to the peer review and committee selection process, the presenters must not be altered after a workshop is selected. A presenter who is no longer able to travel to the conference location may be replaced upon notification to the ISOQOL Office.

Workshop Review Process

Workshop proposals will undergo a blind peer review led by the Workshop Committee. Workshop proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the proposed workshop
  • Clarity of workshop’s goals and objectives
  • Innovation of workshop (new topic/approach)
  • Level of interest to conference attendees
  • Anticipated audience

Workshop Acceptance Notification

The submitter will receive notification of the committee’s selection in late February 2021. Organizers of selected workshops must formally confirm their presentations, review and agree to the presenter terms and conditions through the online submission system. The deadline for confirmation is 8 March 2021.

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.