Closing Date: Extended to 15 October 2017

We invite abstracts from students and practitioners of healthcare integration, including researchers and academics, policy makers, clinicians, health and social care professionals.

Two types of abstracts are accepted:
a) Abstracts that present results of a research study, or
b) Abstracts that describe and discuss new policies or programmes that support care integration.

The content of the abstracts should be relevant to the conference, and should address at least one of the themes and sub-themes of this conference.

These themes and sub-themes are:

Theme 1: Care Integration in practice

  • Care needs assessment
  • Case management; managing complexity
  • Community-based care
  • Integrated Primary Care
  • Care Integration: Challenges and Opportunities in Asia
  • Palliative Care
  • Vertical integration of care in health systems
  • Caring for carers
  • Managing persons with complex chronic disease: the example of diabetes

Theme 2: Enabling Integrated Care

  • Role of technology in enabling care integration
  • Activating the community in integrated care
  • Financing healthcare for the elderly
  • Economic incentives to encourage care integration
  • Implementation science
  • Role of government in integrated care

Theme 3: Transcending boundaries in integrated care

  • Caring for caregivers
  • Integrating social and health care
  • Integrating physical and mental health care
  • Non-health players in providing integrated care: an untapped resource
  • Supporting the frail elderly in the community

Abstracts will be reviewed by two independent experts and assessed using a scoring matrix. Abstracts may be accepted as poster presentations or oral presentations. This is decided by the Scientific Committee. At least one author from every accepted abstract must register for the conference and present their work. Oral presenters will have to prepare a presentation in English of a maximum duration of 12 minutes. Poster presenters will be required to post a poster describing their work during the conference. On Day 2 of the conference during the morning tea break, 1 presenter from each group should be available at their poster to answer any questions from judges and conference participants. Prizes will be given for the best poster and best oral presentation. The abstract submission deadline is 15 October 2017, 5pm. Corresponding authors will be informed of the outcome of their submission by 15 November 2017.

Guidelines For Submission

Abstracts should be submitted online. Information regarding the authors and their affiliations, and contact details of the corresponding author will be required for submission. The abstract should not be longer than 400 words, and should use a structured format as follows:

1) For abstracts that discuss or describe new policies or new programmes that support integrated care:

  • Introduction (comprising background/context and problem statement)
  • Description of policy / programme aims
  • Description of policy / programme (including target population, key features, impact & outcomes)
  • Comment on sustainability of programme/policy & transferability to other settings
  • Conclusion

2) For abstracts that describe integrated care research findings:

  • Introduction (comprising background/context and problem statement))
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion (include key findings, implications of findings & limitations)
  • Conclusion