Call for Abstracts – Primary Health Care Research Day 2019


The call for abstracts for Primary Health Care Research Day is now closed

Abstracts for poster and oral presentations may be submitted until 11:59 pm ADT on April 26, 2019 (deadline extended; updated April 17).  Primary Health Care Research Day will be held on June 17, 2019 at the Collaborative Health Education Building (CHEB) on the Dalhousie University Campus in Halifax, NS.

Patients, students, medical residents, health care providers, faculty, researchers, knowledge users and the primary health care (PHC) research community are invited to share their finished, ongoing, and upcoming research and quality improvement initiatives. Posters and oral presentations provide an excellent opportunity to highlight PHC projects being conducted in Nova Scotia and provide a forum to share the cross-provincial collaborative work taking place between Maritime and other SPOR PIHCI networks. The event also provides the chance to meet, share work, make connections, and build relationships.

The theme of this year’s Primary Health Care Research Day is “Using what we know: Implementing research into practice and policy”.  Although abstracts are not required to be an implementation study, a statement about implications of the work for policy and/or practice and/or how the work might influence future implementation is suggested. All poster and oral presentations are required to focus on PHC and/or highlight how the work is integrated with PHC.

Patient engagement and participation

If your project has a patient engagement component, we encourage you to highlight this. We also encourage patient participation in Primary Health Care Research Day as presenters or co-presenters.

Abstracts from patients and citizens are encouraged. If you are a patient or a citizen and have an idea for a poster or a presentation but aren’t sure how to get started, please get in touch with Beverley Lawson at There may be some support available for printing costs for patient and citizen posters, if the work isn’t already associated with research funding.

Student Poster Award

As in the past, BRIC NS will be offering a financial award for the best student poster. When submitting a poster abstract, students are asked to indicate whether they wish to be considered for this award. To be eligible, the abstract must be accepted by the Primary Health Care Research Day Program Committee. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree program at a Nova Scotia university or community college.  Applicants must be first author on posters.  Applicants must present their own work and not that of an advisor.

Read about the 2018 & 2017 winners.


Existing posters may be reused and presentations given at other events/conferences are allowed with the condition that a statement(s) of how the work is PHC focused or addresses PHC needs is added.  Presentations will be a maximum of 10 minutes, plus time for questions.

Abstracts may be up to 300 words, and should include the following sections:

  • introduction
  • purpose
  • methods
  • results
  • implications for policy and/or practice

Please provide 2-3 key words to aid our grouping of posters/oral presentations under similar topic areas.

You must include a maximum of 4 sentences about how this research or quality improvement initiative is relevant to primary health care.  If you indicate that the project has a patient engagement component, you will be asked to describe that engagement (maximum 4 sentences).

The planning committee encourages the use of plain language in abstracts, as well as on posters and in presentations.  A guide to plain language can be found here.

A working group of the planning committee will review all abstracts.  Acceptance will be based on overall relevance to PHC in Nova Scotia and across Canada.

Abstract deadline: April 26, 2019

Questions may be sent to