Call for Abstracts


Call for Oral and Poster Presentation Abstracts


Oral Presentation Abstracts

The conference planning committee invites submission of abstracts for oral presentations in the area of health system transformation, including but not limited to abstracts specifically about learning health systems. For example, related themes include:

  • Public, patient and clinician involvement
  • Measurement and reporting
  • Digital infrastructure and informatics
  • Legal and ethical aspects
  • Clinical data, incl. electronic medical records
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Learning process
  • Organizational learning and change
  • Quality improvement
  • Leadership

A limited number of abstracts will be accepted for 12 minute presentations.

What is a learning health system?
In a learning health system, every patient visit and/or service is treated as a learning activity. Information generated as part of care is used both to inform treatment decisions for that particular patient and as input to quality improvement and research activities focused on broader populations. All aspects of practice and policy are intended to be evidence-based, with the evidence of interest deriving in part from the system itself. Learning health systems are dedicated to routine, continuous study and improvement. Transforming the system in BC to one that is continuously learning will take time and the commitment of everyone who works in, supports, and uses health care. In other words, becoming a learning health system is a process rather than event. It is an aspiration, and one that must be shared by participants in the system as a whole if it is to be achieved.

Submission guidelines
Email your abstract, within the body of the email, to dawn.mooney@ubc.ca no later than 11:59 pm PST on Friday, January 12, 2018. If your abstract is accepted, you will be notified by email by January 22, 2018, prior to the early bird registration deadline. Presenters must register for and attend the conference and are responsible for all associated costs.

Submissions must contain the following:

  • Title
  • Full name of presenting author (presenting authors must register for and attend the conference)
  • Full name(s) of co-authors, if applicable
  • Organizational affiliation of presenting author
  • Source(s) of funding for research
  • Abstract text of no more than 350 words.

Poster Abstracts

The conference planning committee invites submissions of abstracts for poster presentations in the area of health services and policy research. We are particularly interested in poster abstracts related to health systems and/or learning health systems. A prize will be awarded for the best student poster.

Submission guidelines
Email your abstract, within the body of the email, to dawn.mooney@ubc.ca no later than 11:59 pm PST on Friday, January 12, 2018. If your abstract is accepted, you will be notified by email by January 22, 2018, prior to the early bird registration deadline. Presenters must register for and attend the conference and are responsible for all associated costs.

Submissions must contain the following:

  • Title
  • Full name of presenting author (presenting authors must register for and attend the conference)
  • Full name(s) of co-authors, if applicable
  • Organizational affiliation
  • Source(s) of funding for research
  • Abstract text of no more than 350 words. Abstracts must be submitted in four sections: Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusion

Poster guidelines

  • Posters will be displayed throughout the conference and featured at the networking reception.
  • Presenters must register for and attend the conference and are responsible for all associated costs.
  • Posters should be up to 48 inches in height and 60 inches in width. We may be able to accommodate other poster sizes and orientations upon request.