Call for Abstracts 2020 Provincial Palliative Care Conference

Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association (NSHPCA), in partnership with the Palliative Care Program at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital will be hosting the 30th Annual Provincial Palliative Care Conference on May 21 & 22, 2020 at the Keating Centre in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. The theme of the conference is ‘Navigating Hope’.   The planning committee hopes the content will explore how clinicians, volunteers and other care providers can best support patients and families throughout their palliative care journey. 

To help build the conference program, the planning committee is calling for abstracts for conference sessions.   Conference sessions are 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours in length depending on the topic.   The session be in form of a workshop, panel or presentation.  It must include time for interaction and/or question and answers with the audience.

Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts must be in word or pdf format and submitted to by noon on December 9, 2019.

Abstracts must outline the content of the presentation in clear concise language and include keywords.

Please use standard abbreviations (that can be understood across disciplines) within the body of your abstract.

If  the abstract is not accepted, the opportunity to present a poster may be offered.

The committee may request that abstract submitters work together to formulate a joint presentation,

All applicants will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of their abstract.

All presenters  must register for the conference.

Abstract Content Requirements:

Contact information for each of the presenters/authors including, name, organization, city, province/state, country, e-mail address

A 100-word (maximum) biography for each presenter is required.

For workshop abstracts, please state in your application the desired length of your presentation (i.e. 60 minutes or 90 minutes).  The planning committee reserves the right to assign the length

of the presentation.  Presenters will be informed of the length of their presentation when notified of acceptance.

When submitting your abstract, please include the following:

  • Suggested title of session
  • Length of session
  • Description of presentation – maximum 250 words. Do not include the title or author information in this section.
  • Learning Objectives and/or description of the skills and/or knowledge that participants will gain from your session and an explanation of how participants can apply the skills and/or knowledge within their communities
  • State how you will engage your audience. (maximum 100 words)

Each abstract will be reviewed by the committee, and will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • The abstract adds to existing knowledge, is innovative, and is evidence-based
  • The abstract offers concrete skills for participants
  • The abstract contributes to the themes of the conference
  • The abstract is relevant to hospice palliative care

Abstracts will be accepted until Noon Monday December 9, 2019 and can be submitted

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