Abstract Submissions


Thank you for your interest in a poster or oral presentation at Primary Health Care Research Day, taking place June 23, 2020 at the Dalhousie Student Union Building (SUB), 6136 University Avenue, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 concerns, abstracts will be accepted until April 14th, 2020 (11:59pm ADT). We are monitoring the situation closely and will update as soon as possible regarding any postponements or cancellations. 

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We invite patients, community members, students, medical residents, health care providers, faculty, researchers, knowledge users and the primary health care (PHC) research community 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 as well as others in the PHC research community. 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 “Exploring the Many Faces of Integrated Care.” Although all abstracts are not required to focus on integrated care, all are required to focus on PHC and/or highlight how the work may be integrated with PHC and how it may affect or influence health care policy and/or practice. 

If your project has a patient engagement component, please highlight this. As a CIHR SPOR network, BRIC NS encourages meaningful patient engagement in all projects and patient participation as presenters or co-presenters. 

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

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. 

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. This can be presented as a handout alongside your poster. Presentations will be a maximum of 10 minutes, plus time for questions. 

Abstracts are to be structured and may be up to 1800 characters (approximately 300 words). Please include the following sections: introduction, purpose, methods, results and implications for policy and/or practice. Please provide 2-3 key words to aid our grouping of posters/oral presentations under similar topic areas. The planning committee encourages the use of plain language in abstracts, as well as on posters and during presentations. A guide to plain language can be found on our website. 

A working group from the planning committee will review all abstracts. Acceptance will be based on overall relevance to PHC in Nova Scotia and across Canada. Please indicate whether you would like your abstract to be considered as an oral presentation and a poster. Please note the number of oral presentations is limited. 


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Please click here to view our Call for Abstracts (PDF).

Please click here to view the guide to plain language abstracts (PDF).

Please contact phcrd@dal.ca for more information.