Abstract Guidelines


Call for Papers Opens – Monday 3 September 2018
Call for Papers Closes – Sunday 28 October 2018
Outcome Notifications Issued – w/c Monday 26 November 2018 (these will be sent to the First Author via email)
Registration Deadline – Sunday 20 January 2019 (all Presenting Authors to be registered by this date)

Abstracts are invited for original research relevant to supportive & palliative care. Audits and service evaluations of a sufficient standard will also be considered. For each submitted abstract authors are asked to select the most relevant Theme;

  • Bereavement
  • Caregivers and the Family
  • Dementia
  • Education and Training
  • End of Life Care
  • Ethics
  • Global Palliative Care
  • Pain
  • Psychosocial
  • Service Development
  • Supportive Care
  • Survivorship and Rehabilitation
  • Symptom Management
  • Transition

The data presented should not have previously been published in a peer review journal, although data from papers previously accepted for publication, or already published on-line will be considered. The data can have been presented at another conference. Abstracts are restricted to a maximum of 300 words.

A structured format should be used where possible, i.e.

  • Background
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusions

Abstracts with no results will be rejected. References are not required.

Submissions under the Ethics Theme may include reports of empirical studies, for instance studies of ethics in practice, and these should follow a standard format; other ethics submissions need not follow this format and should summarise the work that has been done or the argument that will be presented.

Please complete the submission form accurately and completely.

The number of oral abstract presentations is restricted by the time available within the programme. The duration of oral presentations will be confirmed at the time of acceptance. Authors accepted for poster presentation will only be required to produce a poster for display within the Exhibition Hall.

Submitters are permitted to be the First Author on a maximum of two abstracts. Authors are permitted to co-author any number of abstracts. For each accepted abstract, a Presenting Author must register to attend at least one day of the Conference by Sunday 20 January 2019 at the latest.

While it is assumed the First Author will also be the Presenting Author any listed co-author may attend the Conference as Presenting Author if preferred. Abstract submissions with no Presenting Author registered by 09:00 hrs GMT on Monday 21 January 2019 will automatically be withdrawn and the abstract will not be forwarded for publication.

The main call for papers is open between Monday 3 September 2018 and Sunday 28 October 2018. The First Author will receive an email confirming receipt of the abstract submission. If this does not immediately come through to your inbox please check your Spam/Junk folders. If no email is received within 24 hours of submission, then please email the conference organiser via [email protected]

The First Author will receive an email notifying the outcome of the submission no later than week commencing Monday 26 November 2018.

All accepted abstracts will be published in a main stream palliative care journal. By submitting an abstract you are agreeing to its publication in the journal. First Authors are responsible for the content of their abstract. For clarity, abstracts will not be proof read by a medical professional before publication.

Any enquiries regarding the format of abstracts should be made via [email protected]

“Late Breaking” abstracts will be accepted between Monday 10 December 2018 and 09:00 hrs GMT on Wednesday 2 January 2019.


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