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Abstracts are invited for the following three conference tracks:

  • Track 1: Leaving no-one behind - approaches to addressing health inequities
  • Track 2: Planning for success- effective planning for improved health outcomes
  • Track 3: Building Partnerships - working together to promote good practice and knowledge sharing

The tracks are the general headings under which abstracts should be submitted and will be reviewed. Please use abstract guidelines to prepare and submit your abstracts using the descriptions and themes under each track.

Abstract guidelines

The call for abstracts will open on Tuesday 3 October 2017.​

  • All abstracts should be submitted online through the conference website at www.hst.org.za.
  • Please contact the programme secretariat on hstprogramme@africanagenda.com if online submission is not possible for you.
  • The abstract submission deadline is midnight (00h00) on Friday 8 December 2017. Abstracts will not be accepted after this date.
  • Notification of acceptance will commence on Friday 15 December 2017.
  • Please contact the conference organisers +27 (0)21 683 2934​ to discuss related requests.
  • Authors may submit up to three abstracts via the submission portal.
  • All abstracts will be reviewed for final selection by the Scientific Committee (SC).
  • No accepted abstract will be included in the programme unless registration and payment has been received.
  • All approved presenters must be registered and their conference fees fully paid by Friday 23 March 2018.
  • All abstracts must be written in English.
  • It is the author's responsibility to submit an accurate, professionally presented abstract. Any errors in spelling, grammar or scientific fact will be reproduced as submitted by the author.
  • Abstracts intended for, but declined, for oral presentation will be considered by the SC for delivery as a poster presentation.

Evaluation process

All abstracts will be reviewed by more than one reviewer. The criteria for evaluating the quality of abstracts include:

  • Content: Quality of content being presented
  • Significance: Significance of the presented findings for theory and practice
  • Originality: Originality and level of innovativeness
  • Relevance: Relevance to the conference theme and selected track
  • Clarity: Clear aims and objectives, coherence and logical progression

Guidance for preparing an abstract

Choose your presentation type (oral or poster) and presentation category (research or good practice)

Abstract guidance for Research Oral and Poster presentations:

Individual oral presentations should allow for a brief overview of the major points and highlights of a particular project or programme and should be able to be delivered within the 15 minutes (10 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for discussion). Posters are limited to 8 minutes (5 minutes for the presentation and 3 minutes for questions). Abstracts submitted should report on research work that has been completed or on evidence-based implementation activities. Abstracts exceeding 300 words will not be considered.

Background: ​Provide a concise review of what is known about the problem addressed by the research, what remains unknown, and how your research fills the knowledge gaps.
Aim and Objectives: ​Indicate the aim(s) and objectives of the work or the hypothesis that was tested/implementation activity.
​Methodology  ​Provide information on the research design, research setting, number of patients enrolled in the study and how they were selected, a description of the intervention (if appropriate), a listing of the outcome variables and how they were measured and finally, the statistical methods used to analyze the data are described.
Results:Present the findings of the study using appropriate measures for the type of study that was conducted.
Conclusions:​State concisely what can be concluded from your research and its implications for practice. Your conclusions must be supported by the data presented and include a discussion on the generalizability of the results and the weaknesses of the study.

                         

Abstract guidance for Good Practice Oral and Poster presentations:

Abstracts that seek to share knowledge and experiences about current practice in strengthening health systems are encouraged. Individual oral presentations should allow for a brief overview of the major points and highlights of a particular project or programme and should be able to be delivered within the 15 minutes (10 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for discussion). Posters are limited to 8 minutes (5 minutes for the presentation and 3 minutes for questions). Abstracts submitted should clearly present what makes a practice innovative, interesting, informative and indeed, a "Good Practice." Abstracts exceeding 300 words will not be considered.

Background: ​This should provide the context and justification for the practice and address the problem/opportunity being addressed the target audience/population is being affected and how is the problem impacting on the target audience/population?
Aims and Objectives: Indicate the aim(s) and objectives being achieved through the current practice
​Design and Implementation:​ Provide a brief overview of the design, plan or strategy of the practice, the main activities carried out and who the implementers / collaborators were.
Results of the Practice: ​What were the concrete results achieved in terms of outputs and outcomes and if an assessment was carried out, describe the findings.
Conclusion/Lessons Learnt:​Reflect on what worked or did not work by considering the underlying factors and emphasis the lessons learnt and implications for practice.

 

Candidates whose abstracts are accepted for delivery as a poster presentation will be provided with guidance on conducting a poster presentation.

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