Call for Research Abstracts

Call for Research Abstracts for the 5th Annual Lown Institute Conference

Boston, Massachusetts: May 5-7, 2017
Submission Deadline Extended: January, 8, 2017

Abstract submissions are now closed for the 2017 Conference. Check back soon for information on the abstracts selected for inclusion!

Submit your abstract here.

Building on the success of the preceding Lown Institute conferences and in partnership with AcademyHealth, we welcome submission of abstracts to the 2nd Annual Lown Institute Research Symposium, which will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017.

The Research Symposium will focus on right care. Right care involves the avoidance of both overuse and underuse, which can harm patients, inhibit the goal of a high-performing health care system, and fail to fulfill the social mission of medicine. We will highlight research that enhances our understanding of these issues.

We are interested in abstracts presenting original data addressing aspects of right care, including:

  • Prevalence and drivers of overuse and underuse (and its relation to resource settings)
  • Harms of overuse (physical, psychological or system-related)
  • Shared decision making and patient-reported outcomes
  • Areas of concurrent underuse and overuse
  • Overuse in the care of the elderly and at end of life
  • Oversupply of providers (e.g. hospitals, physicians, etc.) and technologies (e.g. imaging, surgery centers, etc.)
  • Organizational factors (such as structure and culture) that drive overuse and underuse
  • Professional education research
  • Qualitative research and evaluations of interventions to redress overuse or foster de-implementation, including quality improvement initiatives
  • Use of innovative sources of data and/or new measures for assessing or intervening on overuse (e.g. electronic or personal health records, m-health generated data, patient reported outcomes, etc.)

Submission Instructions

The submission period is September 12, 2016 – December 18, 2016. Authors will be notified of abstract acceptance by January 27, 2017. PLEASE NOTE: The deadline has been extended to Sunday, January 8, 2017.

Abstracts should include an introduction, methods, results and discussion and are limited to no more than 300 words and one figure or table. Examples of abstracts can be found beginning on page 13 of the 2016 Lown Annual Conference Research Day Abstracts.

Submissions will be reviewed for acceptance for any of the three categories: oral presentation, poster presentation, and abstract slam. Abstracts presented during the abstract slam and oral presentations will be eligible for awards, including best overall abstract, best abstract by a student or trainee, and audience choice.

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* The Lown Institute also has opened the Call for Workshops. The workshops will take place Saturday afternoon, May 6, 2017.  More information about how to submit your workshop proposal is here.