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ISOQOL will officially be holding the 29th Annual Conference as an in-person event. We recognize the uncertainty of the international travel conditions. ISOQOL leadership strongly encourages abstract submissions and will continue to monitor the situation.

General Information

Abstract Note

In an effort to support the ISOQOL “Going Green” initiative, the final program will be available digitally on the mobile app to all conference attendees. A printed daily agenda will be available at the registration desk by request only. The abstract title, all contributing authors, and the entire abstract will still be published in the Quality of Life Research journal supplement. The digital journal supplement will be available online after the Annual Conference, by the end of November. Conference attendees will have early access to the abstract text via the mobile app. 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 29 June 2022. Presenters who do not confirm before 29 June run the risk of not having their abstracts included in the Abstract Supplement.

The Abstract Supplement will be available digitally to all annual conference registrants.

Cancellation and Presenter Replacement

Presenting authors who are unable to present their oral, oral brief 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 8 August 2022 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.

Cancellation Policy

Attendees agree to waive any and all claims for damages or compensation resulting from or relating to the cancellation, postponement, renaming, relocation or rescheduling of the Event.  ISOQOL may (at its sole discretion) change the format (including, without limitation, from a physical in-person Event to a virtual Event and vice versa), speakers, participants, content, venue location and program or any other aspect of the Event at any time and for any reason, whether or not due to a Force Majeure Event (any event or circumstance arising that is beyond the reasonable control of ISOQOL), in each case without liability.

Important Dates*

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

**All presenters must purchase registration 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 29th Annual Conference. Click the links at 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 ISOQOL Annual Conference.

Official Language: Abstracts must be submitted and presented in English, the official language of the ISOQOL 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 11 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 three abstracts may be selected by any one presenting author. Only one oral or oral brief presentation will be permitted per presenting author. An author may only contribute to the presentation of one symposium.

*Due to the impact of the pandemic on many groups’ travel budget, ISOQOL leadership is raising the limit of abstracts per presenter for 2022 only. Attendees may now present 2 oral/oral brief abstracts and 1 poster abstract or 3 poster abstracts.

Please direct technical support questions to info@isoqol.org.

NEW: ISOQOL is excited to announce a digital poster hall for the Annual Conference! The abstract submission process will remain the same, and attendees will have access to the poster hall via iPosterSessions through November 2022. All accepted abstract presenters (including posters) must register and present in-person during their scheduled time. More details to follow.

Digital Poster Hall: Late-Breaking Abstract Submission Guidelines

Submissions for digital poster late-breaking abstracts are open now through 8 July 2022. Deadlines for digital poster late-breaking abstracts are firm and will not be extended.

All submissions related to the theory, methods, and application of health related quality of life research are welcome. Accepted abstracts will be presented as digital posters during the Annual Conference and published in the Quality of Life Research Journal Abstract Supplement alongside the traditional abstracts.

All accepted abstract presenters (including digital poster late-breaking abstracts) must register for the full Annual Conference and present in-person during their scheduled time.

Primary Application for Abstracts

Select one Primary Application. A description of the Primary Applications is noted below.

Theoretical Work

Abstracts in this category use theory to advance the understanding of HRQL 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 HRQL research and applications; or applications of an established theory from another field to HRQL 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.

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

Digital poster late-breaking 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 digital poster late-breaking submission deadline, the presenting author will receive an acceptance notification to the email address used during abstract submission. If you have not received a notification email by 1 September 2022, contact info@isoqol.org.

All presenters must use the online acceptance and disclosure form to confirm their intention to present and purchase registration for the in-person conference by 1 September 2022 in order to be included in the conference program and the digital Quality of Life Research Journal Abstract Supplement. 

Oral Presentation Guidelines

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 oral presentation (including title and acknowledgement slides). Presentation order will be listed in the final program, which will be available through the conference mobile app.

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 8-10 per presentation
  • Avoid text heavy slides and small font sizes
  • Include a slide containing your name and contact information at the end of the presentation.

Presentation Template (optional)

The ISOQOL 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 Guidelines

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 content 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.

Download PowerPoint template

Digital Poster Presentation Guidelines

Poster presenters should prepare a brief three (3) minute presentation to accompany their poster. They must stand in front of their digital posters during the allotted time frame (approximately 15 minutes) and be prepared to discuss their research with their peers. ISOQOL will provide access to LCD screens connected to the cloud-based platform, iPosterSessions, during the digital poster hall. Handouts relating to posters are welcome.

Note: Poster presenters will receive access to the iPosterSessions platform to create their posters in late August. Digital posters must be published by 5 October.

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

Creating an Effective Digital Poster

Best practices for poster presentations:

  • Your digital poster must include a three (3) minute recording/audio file of your presentation
  • Design should be simple and eye-catching
  • Use large (24 point or larger) font that can be read from a distance
  • 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
  • Use of images and videos are encouraged
  • Abbreviations should be kept to a minimum and clearly defined
  • Business cards or handouts are welcomed

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.