2018 Call for Abstracts
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Call for 2018 Annual Meeting Poster/Paper Abstracts

Please note AAHCM will use the information provided in annual meeting materials. Please ensure that author names, credentials, and titles, are written accurately; only the degrees and certifications provided will be included in published material.

Authorship

Abstract authors do not need to be an AAHCM member in order to be considered for a poster presentation at the annual meeting.

At least one of the authors must be available to present during poster exhibition sessions and to answer questions from meeting attendees.

All authors should have 1) provided substantial contributions to the conception or design of the project, or acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data; AND 2) draft the work or critically revise it for intellectual content; AND 3) provide final approval of abstract and poster; AND 4) agree to be accountable for all aspects of work related to accuracy and integrity.

Please provide complete author information (name, credentials, title, academic and/or organizational affiliation, and location) and indicate the name of the presenter attending the conference. Submitting author must certify that the abstract represents original work.

Author Categories

AAHCM annual poster session will require the first-author to self-designate in one of two categories:

  • Trainee (includes students, resident and fellows)
  • Non-trainee

Each submission will be judged against their peers, either trainee or non-trainee. The academy expects that for any submission the first author represents the primary owner of the intellectual content of the submission.

Submission Type

AAHCM supports two categories of submission, Clinical or Research.

Clinical abstracts should be either (1) clinical vignettes or (2) single practice innovations. Clinical vignettes could include unique presentations of common diseases, unusual clinical findings, as well as challenging patient and/or family encounters. Vignettes could also include unique or innovative solutions to patient and/or family needs. Practice innovations could include novel ways to meet the clinical and non-clinical needs of patients and families as well as operational improvements leading to better outcomes. All practice innovations should provide replicable ideas for implementation at other home-based medical care practices.

Scientific abstracts should present the results of purposeful and systematic research aimed at better understanding the field of home-based medical care. Research could include epidemiological or health services investigations of patients and/or caregivers. Research could include studies sharing insights on quality, patient outcomes, cost of care, and/or patient experience. Abstracts in this category must have replicable methods, clear analytic approaches and data for presentation.

Submission Structure

Clinical abstracts focused on patient case studies should have the following structure:

  1. Title: No all caps, quotes, underlining, or bolding. Capitalize the first letter of each word.
  2. Learning Objective(s): State up to two focused learning objectives, delineating what the attendee should take away from the case study. Objectives are action-oriented and should begin with words such as recognize, assess, treat, improve, distinguish or manage.
  3. Case: Briefly summarize the case. Include history of present illness, key social history, past medical history, family history, and medications, pertinent physical exam findings, pertinent studies, and interventions. Highlight key elements from clinical course. Identify the members of the care team as well as the role each member played in the course.
  4. Impact: Share what was learned from this case. What improvements were made in your program’s clinical practice? How might others learn from the experience? Please tie the impact discussion back to the learning objectives.

Clinical abstracts focused on practice innovations should have the following structure:

  1. Title: No all caps, quotes, underlining, or bolding. Capitalize the first letter of each word.
  2. Delineation of practice problem and objectives of the intervention: Consider including scope, duration and severity of problem.
  3. Description of Intervention: Include organizational context: practice structure, patient population, goals for the program.
  4. Measures of Success: Discuss qualitative or quantitative metrics used to evaluate program/intervention.
  5. Findings to Date: Submission must have at least preliminary findings.
  6. Dissemination: What can others take away for implementation to their practice or community?

Research abstracts should have the following structure:

  1. Title: No all caps, quotes, underlining or bolding. Capitalize the first letter of each word.
  2. Background: Describe the context of the study and state the study objectives or hypotheses.
  3. Methods: Include a description of the study design, setting, population, measures, and analytic procedures.
  4. Results: Describe the results in sufficient detail to support the conclusions. Abstracts that do not have actual results will not be considered.
  5. Conclusions: State the implications of the findings for clinical practice, research, education, or policy.

All information entered on the abstract form will appear in print exactly as it is typed.

Review Process

Annual Meeting abstracts undergo an anonymous review by volunteer AAHCM members. The work group makes final selections based on the results of the initial review. Abstracts that do not fulfill all requirements will not be reviewed.

Reviews of clinical practice innovations will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Importance and universality of the problem
  2. Clarity of the description of the intervention
  3. Attention to measurement
  4. Generalizability

Reviews of submitted clinical case studies will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Importance of the Clinical Problem
  2. Applicability of the case to others in the field of home based primary care
  3. Strength of the learnings and improvement opportunities identified through the case
  4. Clarity of the submission

Reviews of submitted research abstracts will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Importance of the Research Question
  2. Strength and Appropriateness of Methods
  3. Validity of Conclusions
  4. Usefulness to other providers in the field
  5. Clarity of the submission

Deadline

All abstracts must be submitted by 11:59pm CST, April 20, 2018 to Val Good-Turney, Executive Administrator at vgoodturney@aahcm.org.

Download abstract submission forms:

Clinical Vignette - Abstract Submission

Single Practice Innovations - Abstract Submission

Research - Abstract Submission

Responsibility for Expenses

The AAHCM Annual Meeting gives home care medicine professionals the opportunity to present their work within an atmosphere of support by peers and national leaders. Only those presenters committed to attending the conference may submit an abstract. Presenters are responsible for all expenses such as production and shipping of posters, and for personal expenses such as travel, hotel, and meeting registration fees. AAHCM will consider assisting those who are unable to secure funding to attend the AAHCM Annual Meeting. Those who will need assistance should contact Val Good-Turney, Executive Administrator at vgoodturney@aahcm.org for further details.

Avoidance of Commercialism

All presentations must avoid commercialism. Presentations that constitute promotion and advertising (including the use of logos) will not be considered. If the cost of any presentation has been underwritten to any extent, a clear acknowledgment stating the support, identifying the source, and describing the methods for keeping the content unbiased should be included. Advertising matter that in any way promotes the commercial interest of a particular company, enterprise, or the author(s) may not be distributed or displayed. Statements made in the presentation are the sole responsibility of the author and are not viewed as, or considered representative of, any formal position taken on any product, subject, or issued by AAHCM.

Notification

Notices of acceptance and declination will be emailed to the address provided within four weeks of the submission deadline.