Call for Abstracts

Submissions are welcome from all disciplines. Abstracts may be submitted for Interactive Workshops, Proffered Papers, Research Forum Papers or Posters. A description of each type of presentation can be found below.

Accepted abstracts will be published in the online Congress Book of Abstracts.

In addition, selected scientific abstracts (studies with results) will also be published in a scientific journal, most likely the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management (online version) which published them last time. Edited by Russell K. Portenoy, MD, the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management ( is an internationally respected, peer-reviewed journal serving an interdisciplinary audience and provides the latest clinical research and best practices related to the relief of illness burden among patients afflicted with serious or life-threatening illness.
As soon as the chosen journal is confirmed, it will be posted here.

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.

If your poster is accepted, you will be able to register at the poster presenter's rate until August 1, 2018. ($825 CAN Full Congress registration). Those who are eligible for lower rates (students, people from developing countries, palliative care volunteers) may register online at the regular rates.

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

Abstract Submission Deadlines


January 19, 2018

Proffered Papers

January 19, 2018

Research Forum Papers

January 19, 2018


June 2, 2018 at 8 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)


Interactive Workshop
  • a 45 minute in-depth, interactive session given by one or more presenters (maximum number recommended is 4). Priority will be given to proposals that encourage audience participation and debate.

Proffered Paper
  • a 15 minute presentation (and 5 minute question period) by one presenter.

Research Forum Paper
  • a 10 minute presentation of a research project or study that will be combined with two other papers in an hour-long Research Forum session with a discussant to comment on the papers presented.
    Nine top submissions describing research and submitted as Proffered Papers will be selected for 10-minute presentation in a Research Forum. Each Forum will include three such presentations followed by a commentary by a discussant and 15 minutes of questions and comments from the audience. Should your abstract describe a research project or study (with results) and should you wish to be considered for a Research Forum, please select Proffered Paper AND click in the appropriate box. Should your abstract NOT be accepted for the Research Forum, it will still be considered for a regular15-minute proffered paper oral presentation.

  • a visual presentation describing a project or activity related to Palliative Care. Posters must be designed to fit the predetermined guidelines. They are mounted on the first day of the Congress and taken down on the final day. As much as possible, authors are expected to be present with their poster during breaks to answer questions from participants. No audiovisual support is provided for poster presentations.

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
  • Compassionate Communities
  • Complementary Therapies / New Natural Analgesics (e.g. marijuana) (NOT including art and music therapy)
  • Educational, Training and Supervision
  • Ethical Issues
  • Family Caregivers
  • Family Issues
  • Gastronomy and Nutrition at the End of Life
  • Home Care
  • Hospice / Community-based Palliative Care
  • Indigenous Issues
  • Innovative Technologies
  • Interprofessional Teamwork
  • Leadership, Programme Development and Evaluation, Policy Development and Advocacy
  • Neuropalliative Care
  • Non Cancer Care
  • Nursing Issues
  • Pain and Symptom Control
  • Palliative Care during Humanitarian Crises
  • Palliative Care for LGBTQ Community
  • Palliative Care in Developing Countries
  • Palliative Care in the ICU
  • Palliative Care in Long-term Care
  • Palliative Care for Underserved Populations (homeless, imprisoned, disenfranchised, etc.)
  • Palliative Care for Young Adults
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychosocial Interventions and Issues
  • Rehab and Clinical Nutrition
  • Research and QI Methods
  • Self-care and Wellness
  • Social and Cultural Issues
  • Suffering, Healing and Whole Person Care
  • Spirituality
  • Survivorship
  • Volunteers
  • Other

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