49th Annual Meeting - Call for Papers is Now Closed

Submission Deadline: Extended to June 14, 2021

Call for Papers

Submission deadline is 11:59 pm CDT, June 14, 2021
NAPCRG 49th Annual Meeting: Call for Papers
November 19-23, 2021

We invite you to submit a proposal to present a paper, poster, forum, or workshop at the NAPCRG 49th Annual Meeting, happening as a virtual event November 19-23, 2021. Proposals on any topic relating to primary care research are welcome from researchers throughout North America and the rest of the world. 

New for 2021, NAPCRG is pleased to offer publishing opportunities for completed research works. Abstracts for completed research (presentations and posters) will be eligible to be published in the Annals of Family Medicine, a top-ranked bimonthly primary care research journal. Published works will appear in digital form following the meeting.

Our CME requires each submission to include at least two learning objectives. Please follow these instructions.

Learning Objectives: List at least two learning objectives using these guidelines:

  • Clearly describe what you want learners to take away and implement after the session, in active and measurable terms (e.g., define, interpret, explain, apply).
  • Each objective must be specific, concise and limited to one sentence.
  • Example "On completion of this session, participants should be able to identify and describe the three primary tenets of the Patient Self-Efficacy Model.”

General Rules for All Submissions

Submissions must meet all the requirements of the proposed category. A non-refundable submission fee of $20 USD is required for each submission. NAPCRG accepts VISA, MasterCard and American Express. Research that has been published at the time of abstract submission or presented at another national or international meeting is not acceptable. All presenters must register for the conference and pay the appropriate registration fee. Submissions must be entered using the online submission process located at www.napcrg.org no later than June 14, 2021.

Due to the format of the NAPCRG 49th Annual Meeting, all presentations will be done virtually. To accommodate as many presenters as possible, the NAPCRG Program Committee reserves the right to limit each presenter to only one presentation. However, anyone may be listed as a co-author on multiple papers and may present another person’s paper if the original presenter is not able to attend. Acknowledgment of receipt of submissions will be emailed automatically after you complete your submission.

To add co-authors or presenters to your submission please be sure to follow the instructions listed on the last page of the submission form. This page will prompt you to send a link to fellow authors to add themselves to the submission by completing a disclosure form. Please see example below.

Submission Categories:

Oral Presentation on Completed Research:

If you are submitting an abstract in this category, the research must be complete at the time of the Call for Papers submission deadline. Oral presentations will be given in a manner to accommodate the meeting's virtual format and will be grouped by topic based on the categories selected during the submission process. Approximately 15 minutes will be allotted for individual oral presentations. The Program Committee reserves the right to convert “Oral Presentations on Completed Research”  to “Posters on Completed Research” based on suitability.

Selected high-impact, high-quality oral presentations will be selected for presentation in a special format to a larger audience as a “Distinguished Paper.” The authors of the top-rated abstracts may be contacted by to submit a two-page extended abstract. These extended abstracts would then be reviewed by the Program Committee, which will select the final distinguished papers. Several selection factors are considered, including overall excellence, quality of research methods, quality of writing, relevance to primary care clinical research and overall impact of the research on primary care and/or clinical practice. These papers will be presented live in a virtual format (10 to 15 minutes for each presentation, plus up to 5 minutes for questions depending on time available in the program). Some of these papers will also be eligible for an international travel award for presentation at other meetings.

Due to the virtual format of the meeting, presenters must be comfortable using Zoom screen share function to display and advance their slides. 

Poster on Completed Research:

If you are submitting an abstract in this category, the research must be complete at the time of the Call for Papers submission deadline. Poster presentations will be housed in a virtual poster hall and viewable at the convenience of attendees. Presenters may be asked to showcase their virtual posters as a 10-minute presentation during designated times during the NAPCRG Annual Meeting. Due to the virtual format of the meeting, presenters must be comfortable using Zoom screen share function to display and advance their slides. 

Poster on Research in Progress:

If you are submitting an abstract in this category, the research must be in progress at the time of the Call for Papers submission deadline. If your research is in progress at the time of the submission deadline but will be complete by the meeting, you should still submit your abstract as a poster on research in progress. Poster presentations will be housed in a virtual poster hall and viewable at the convenience of attendees. Presenters may be asked to showcase their virtual posters as a 10-minute presentation during designated times during the NAPCRG Annual Meeting. Due to the virtual format of the meeting, presenters must be comfortable using Zoom screen share function to display and advance their slides. 

Workshops:

Workshops will be scheduled as 90-minute sessions. Workshops should be presentations on research methodology or research skills development that must involve audience participation. In some years, the number of workshops that we are able to schedule may be limited by available space and time. Due to the virtual format of the meeting, researchers whose workshops are accepted will be required to provide someone with online conferencing tool proficiency (likely Zoom provided by NAPCRG) to serve as a host during the entire session. 

Forums:

Forums are informal, three-hour sessions designed to provide researchers with an opportunity to discuss challenges encountered while applying for funding or conducting a project. Researchers with similar interests can share ideas regarding methodology, sampling, statistical methods, planning studies, etc. In some years, the number of forums we are able to schedule may be limited by available space and time. Due to the virtual format of the meeting, researchers whose forums are accepted will be required to provide someone with online conferencing tool proficiency (likely Zoom provided by NAPCRG) to serve as a host during the entire session. 

Preconference Workshop:

Preconference workshops are reserved for a select group of extended sessions that do not fit into the format of the regular conference schedule and may extend up to four hours. Preconference workshops may be presentations on research methodology or skills development, new initiatives in primary care research with some consideration for audience participation. (See below for additional requirements.) In some years, the number of pre-conference workshops we are able to schedule may be limited by available space and time. Due to the virtual format of the meeting, researchers whose pre-conference workshops are accepted will be required to provide someone with online conferencing tool proficiency (likely Zoom provided by NAPCRG) to serve as a host during the entire session. 

Abstracts Requirements for all Submissions

Length: Limit abstracts to 2,500 characters (including spaces), not including title and authors.

Language: Abstracts must be in English.

Format: Type the body of the abstract as one paragraph. The abstract must be written in the third person. The abstract should contain the appropriate subheadings described below. The abstract should not contain references or acknowledgments. Abstracts will be published as submitted. Before submitting your abstract, check carefully to make sure it contains no spelling or typographical errors. Type your abstract in a text document and then copy and paste it into the abstract field during the online submission process. Do not type your abstract directly into the abstract field as the page may time out forcing you to restart the process.

Abstract Format for Oral Presentations and Posters:

Oral and poster presentations should use a structured abstract as described below. It should be formatted in a single paragraph no more than 2,500 characters in length (including spaces), as shown below:

Context: The abstract should begin with a sentence or two summarizing the rationale for the study, providing the clinical (or other) reason for the study question. In addition, the author should give a sentence or two about the importance of this work to family medicine/primary care. Objective: State the objective or study question/hypothesis addressed. If more than one objective is addressed, the main objective should be indicated, and only key secondary objectives stated. Study Design: Describe the basic design of the study. In general, use one of the following descriptors: randomized controlled trial, quasi-experimental trial, cohort study, case control study, case series, survey, systematic review, meta-analysis, diagnostic accuracy study, ecologic study, economic analysis, qualitative study or mixed-methods study. Setting or Dataset: Describe the study setting such as community or population-based, primary care or specialty, inpatient, intensive care unit, emergency department or hospitalized care. For secondary data analyses and systematic reviews, indicate the data source. Population studied: Briefly describe the inclusion and exclusion criteria and the number of participants (or studies) included. Intervention/Instrument (for interventional studies): Describe the essential features of any interventions. Examples include a drug name, surgical procedure, diagnostic test, or counseling intervention. Outcome Measures: Give the primary study outcome and any key secondary outcomes. Results: Give the main results of the study. The results should be quantified where appropriate (e.g. relative risks, absolute risk reduction, likelihood ratios). If research is in progress, state anticipated results. Conclusions: Report only those conclusions of the study that are directly supported by the evidence, along with any implications for clinical practice. Avoid speculation and overgeneralization. Equal emphasis should be given to positive and negative findings of equal scientific merit. Note: For brevity, parts of the abstract should be written in phrases rather than complete sentences. (e.g., “Design: Double-blind randomized trial,” rather than “Design: The study was conducted as a double-blind, randomized trial.”). For “Poster presentation on research in progress”, omit the Conclusions section and briefly describe outcomes to be reported.

Abstract Format for Preconference Workshops, Workshops and Forums:

Abstracts for Preconference Workshops, Workshops and Forums should use a structured abstract as described below. It should be formatted in a single paragraph, as shown below:

Rationale: Explain why this session is important and relevant for NAPCRG members in the context of the health system and current research. Audience Participation: Describe how the session will involve the audience. Workshops and forums must include some degree of audience participation. Content to be Presented: Describe the content to be presented. Method of Evaluation: Describe the method of evaluation. Prerequisite Knowledge: Note whether or not any previous experience or knowledge is needed. If none is needed, state so.

If the submission is a Preconference Workshop, the following information is also needed:

Audience: Describe your audience, who and how many you expect to attend, and the basis for this estimate. Rationale: What is the proposed content area and why is it important to members of NAPCRG? Schedule: Describe the schedule, including the time frame, content of each section and method of evaluation. Virtual pre-conference workshops generally run 90 minutes to 4 hours. Why a Pre-conference? Explain why this program should be presented as a pre-conference workshop rather than taking place within the normal meeting format (e.g., workshops and forums). Endorsement: Preconference workshops must be endorsed by the chair of a NAPCRG Special Interest Group or Committee if the workshop topic relates to an existing SIG or committee. This is intended to facilitate communication and awareness of members and groups working on activities of common interest.

Review Criteria

Each submission will be reviewed by at least two NAPCRG members and rated on a scale from one to five, with five being the highest possible score. Oral presentations and posters on completed research will be rated based on methodologic rigor, the significance of the topic and research to primary care, its novelty and innovation and the validity of the results. Posters on research in progress will be judged using the same criteria, minus validity of the results. Workshops and forums will be evaluated based on their relevance to NAPCRG attendees, importance to the field, interactivity, innovation and the need to provide a balance and mix of topics to attendees.

Questions? Contact NAPCRG at napcrgoffice@naprcrg.org

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