Collaborations for Leadership in
Applied Health Research and Care
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NIHR CLAHRC Career Development Conference
Developing your career in applied health and care research – challenges and opportunities
4 October 2018, Senate House, University of London
  abstract guidelines

We encourage delegates to submit a research abstract to the conference. Abstracts can be submitted for oral and/or 'digital poster' presentation. There will be a limited number of oral sessions and all other accepted abstracts will be displayed as 'digital posters' (if delegates wish).

Abstracts will be accepted in any area of applied health and care research and the presentations will be grouped thematically determined by those received. There will be up to four streams to enable discussion and collaboration of work across the CLAHRCs. Each track will be chaired by a delegate from one of the CLAHRCs.

The overall theme of the abstract sessions will be 'impact'. Researchers are often asked the 'So what?' question about their work and this is your opportunity to practice your response in a supportive environment. Therefore your abstract should emphasise the impact and value your research has/could have in improving health and care.

The abstract content must be received on time and presented in the appropriate format, e.g., it must not exceed the word limit (details below).

All accepted abstracts will be published in the conference book which will be made available to all delegates. It is assumed authors give consent and authorise the Conference Organising Committee to publish their abstract in this form.

Submission options and abstract formats

Abstracts can be submitted for oral and/or digital poster presentation. When submitting an abstract, the preferred type of presentation should be chosen from the options below, and the appropriate abstract format guidelines followed:

  • Oral presentations
  • Digital poster presentations

Oral and poster submissions are subjected to the same criteria. However, it is likely that many more abstracts will be submitted for oral presentations than there are slots available within the programme and so the Organising Committee will decide which of these may be included as poster presentations. These decisions are made in order to try and achieve the ideal programme, which includes high-quality research and reflects contributions from a range of topics, theoretical perspectives, and methodologies.

Oral presentations will last for 15 minutes (10 minutes presentation and 5 minutes for audience questions) and will describe the background, methods, findings and discussion to the study. We recognise that not all studies will be completed so presenting early findings for discussion is appropriate. As the theme of the session is impact please focus on this in your abstract.

Digital poster presentations provide an excellent opportunity for presenters to utilise electronic, digital and visual displays to share their research, and to interact with delegates. The presentations will be displayed on a looped cycle throughout the conference. It is also intended to make PDF versions of posters available for delegates to view prior to the conference. Digital posters should be submitted in a Powerpoint file format. If you choose to use more than one slide for your poster, rotation through the entire presentation should be no more than 5 minutes. We will provide further information on this format when we confirm your place at the conference.

Abstracts not accepted for oral presentation will automatically be considered for a digital poster presentation. Please do not submit the same abstract twice.

Abstracts should include:

Title: 15 words or fewer
Author(s) details (name and affiliation): First name(s) followed by surname(s); Institution of affiliation (if applicable), country. The first author is the presenting author.

The body of the text should be no longer than 250 words and include:

  • Background: State the primary objectives of the study, including the main research questions, aims or theory being tested.
  • Methods: Quantitative studies should include design, participants (including number of participants), measures and analysis; qualitative studies should include design, participants, methods of data collection and analysis, e.g. thematic analysis
  • Findings (if applicable): Quantitative studies should include a summary of the results (accompanied by important statistical information); qualitative studies should include a description of the main findings such as the themes or categories generated.
  • Discussion: Conclusions and/or some discussion of the possible contribution to, or implications of the research in improving health and care.

Please do not include (a list of) references in the body or at the end of your abstract. Please define abbreviations.

The deadline for registration and abstract submission is 13.00 on 20 August 2018. No changes can be made to the abstract after the submission deadline.

After submission
The submitting author will be notified by 31 August 2018 at the email address providing during submission whether their abstract has been accepted for oral or poster presentation.






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