Call for Abstracts

Submissions are welcome from all disciplines within the health care professions. Abstracts may be submitted for workshops, proffered papers, research papers and posters. A description of each type of presentation can be found on the online Abstract Submission Form.

Accepted abstracts will be published in the online Congress Book of Abstracts. In addition, selected scientific abstracts will be published in the Journal of Palliative Care, Autumn 2016 issue.

Abstracts submitted for oral presentation and not accepted as orals will be automatically considered by the Review Committee for poster presentation. Please do not resubmit your abstract.

A maximum of two abstracts submitted by the same person as first author will be considered.

Abstract Submission Deadlines


January 31, 2016

Proffered Papers

January 31, 2016

Research Forum Papers

January 31, 2016


May 31, 2016

Suggestions for Preparing Your Abstract:

  • Keep the abstract under 300 words.
  • Make the abstract as informative as possible.
  • The use of tables, graphs and other types of images in the abstract is not permitted.
  • Use generic drug names.
  • The use of abbreviations is permissible provided that the term is spelled out in full the first time it appears, with the abbreviation shown in parentheses following the term.
  • Do not put the title or the text of your abstract all in caps.
  • Do not identify author(s) or institution(s) in text.
  • Proofread your abstract carefully.

For scientific studies, research or research-based projects:

  • Organize the body of the abstract as follows:
    (a) objectives, (b) methods, (c) results, (d) conclusions.
  • Conclusions must be supported by data.

For workshops, it is helpful to include:

  • Learning objectives
  • Format (length of presentation vs interactivity, type of interactivity, number of presenters)
  • Key source material
  • Target audience.

Abstract Categories include:

  • Ageing / Geriatrics
  • Arts and Humanities (including art and music therapy)
  • Bereavement, Loss, Grief
  • Communication
  • Complementary Therapies / New Natural Analgesics (e.g. marijuana)
  • Educational, Training and Supervision
  • Ethical Issues
  • Family Caregivers
  • Family Issues
  • Home Care
  • Hospice / Community-based Palliative Care
  • Leadership, Programme Development and Evaluation, Policy Development and Advocacy
  • Innovative Technologies
  • Interprofessional Teamwork
  • Non Cancer Care
  • Nursing Issues
  • Pain and Symptom Control
  • Palliative Care in Developing Countries
  • Palliative Care in the ICU
  • Palliative Care in Long-term Care
  • Palliative Care for Underserved Populations
  • Palliative Care for Young Adults
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychological Issues
  • Rehab and Clinical Nutrition
  • Research Methods
  • Self-care and Wellness
  • Social and Cultural Issues
  • Suffering, Healing and Whole Person Care
  • Spirituality
  • Survivorship
  • Volunteers
  • Other

Submit an Abstract

Abstract and Poster Submission is now closed