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Call For Abstracts

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Quality Forum 2013 Abstract Submission Guidelines

Our Call for Abstracts is now closed. We thank everyone who took the time to submit an abstract – the response was overwhelming – and hope you will consider submitting again for Quality Forum 2014 next autumn.

Thank you for your interest in submitting an abstract to Quality Forum 2013: Inspiring Improvement.  

The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council is pleased to invite you to join us, along with participants from all across BC, in celebrating successes, addressing challenges and identifying strategies for advancing the quality of health care.  By bringing together clinicians, policy and decision makers, quality improvement leaders, patients, researchers, administrators and executive team members we are creating an opportunity to share knowledge and discuss ideas.

Abstracts must be written in English, no more than 300 words, and submitted online through the website by 2359 PST on Friday, September 14th, 2012.

Topic Areas

 We invite submissions on any topic related to improving quality[1] of health care.  Some potential areas might include:

  • Leading & Innovative Practice
  • Clinical Improvement & Lean
  • Patient Voice
  • Mobilizing & Engaging for Quality
  • Creating a Culture of Quality
  • Health Literacy
  • Cost and Quality
  • Sustainability
  • Leadership
  • Integration of Primary & Community Care
  • BC National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP)
  • Implementing Evidence-Based Practice
  • Clinical Care Management
  • Social Media & Communications

Presentation Types

Applicants are asked to indicate their preference for consideration of a Rapid Fire Presentation or Storyboard, or both.

Rapid Fire Presentations

Rapid Fire Presentations provide an opportunity for participants to share their work and to engage in short discussion with Forum participants.  Presenters will be allotted a total of twenty minutes; tenminutes to give a formal presentation, followed by ten minutes of questions and discussion. Oral presentations may be accompanied by visual slides or other media.


Storyboards offer an excellent opportunity for sharing your work as well as gathering detailed feedback and reporting on results.  Storyboards will be displayed on a 4’ by 4’ display board in a designated area and will be available for viewing throughout the conference.  In addition, a Storyboard Reception will be held on February 28, 2013.

Selection Criteria:

Abstracts will be assigned a score out of 50 based on the following criteria:

  • CONTEXT (5): Clearly defined aim, including the context in which the work was undertaken (what unit/department/community).
  • PROBLEM/ISSUE (10): Problem or issue is clear, including a description of how it was identified.
  • INTERVENTION (10):  Description of the activities undertaken to respond to the problem or issue, including a description of how changes were tested and implemented, and who was involved.
  • MEASUREMENT (10): Description of the measurement strategy, including results.
  • CONTRIBUTION TO FORUM (5): Clear articulation of how the submission relates to Forum objectives, with a focus on improving quality in one or more areas of care.
  • LESSONS LEARNED (5):  Statement of key lessons learned.
  • COHERENCY & READABILITY (5): Clear language, avoidance of abbreviations that are not commonly recognized and submission is free of spelling and grammatical errors.

Copyright Permission

By submitting an abstract to Quality Forum 2013: Inspiring Improvement, applicants permit the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council to publish their abstracts for all Forum activities and promotion, including on the Forum website and in program and agenda materials.


[1] Quality, as defined by the BC Health Quality Matrix, refers to care that is acceptable, appropriate, accessible, safe, effective, equitable and efficient.  BC Patient Safety & Quality Council. BC Health Quality Matrix Handbook. Vancouver, (BC); 2010 (Available at