Submission procedure and deadlines

Abstracts have to be submitted electronically through the conference website via an online form (http://whocc.goeg.at/Conference2015/AbstractSubmission). The receipt of your abstract will be confirmed by an automatically generated e-mail indicating the reference number of your abstract. Please include this reference number in all your communications relating to the abstract submission.

Abstract submission was closed on 28 May 2015

You will be informed by mid-July 2015 if your abstract was accepted and in which form it can be presented (oral presentation, brief poster presentation, poster without presentation; see further details below).

Different types of submissions and presentations

If your abstract is accepted, there are three possibilities of presenting your work:

1. Oral presentation

Authors of the highest rated submissions per strand will be invited to present their work during a presentation of maximum 10 minutes, followed by a brief question & answer session.
For each of the three strands, five abstracts will be selected for an oral presentation.

Presenters will qualify for a reduced conference fee.
Please note that the best presentation will be selected and recognized at the conference.

2. Brief poster presentations

Authors of high rated submissions will be invited to present their work during a brief oral presentation of their poster (no slides). The presentation should be limited to 5 minutes and will be followed by a brief question & answer session (max. 5 minutes).
Four poster submissions per strand will be selected.

3. Posters

In addition, further accepted submissions will be granted the possibility to be displayed as a poster (no presentation).

Please note that the best poster will be recognized with an award during the conference.

Conference Supplement

A selection of abstracts will be published in the Conference Proceedings Supplement of the BioMed Central Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice (JOPPP). Please indicate your consent for your abstract to be published during abstract submission.

Evaluation procedure

Submitted abstracts are evaluated by the members of the Scientific Programme Committee (http://whocc.goeg.at/Conference2015/ProgrammeCommittee) or further experts nominated by the Committee.

Topics that are likely to be highly ranked for conference presentation include:
(1) an impact assessment/evaluation of a pharmaceutical pricing and/or reimbursement policy implemented in response to and/or during the global financial crisis;
(2) an assessment of cross-country cooperation initiative (e.g. joint procurement, sharing of information);
(3) an evaluation of an ‘interface management initiative’, i.e. a project to better manage medicines between the in- and out-patient sectors via defined organisation/supply models or funding schemes (e.g. joint reimbursement list, joint/specific committee);

Size and language:

The abstract text must not exceed 400 words. These 400 words do not include title, authors, keywords and funding sources.
Submissions should relate to completed or ongoing research (with preliminary results) and must be in English.

Young Researcher Award

The best abstract submission by a researcher below the age of 35 will be recognized by the Programme Committee with the Young Researcher Award 2015. The award includes an exemption from the conference fee as well as a special mention in the conference programme.

Guidelines for completing the online form for abstract submission

Conference strand in which the abstract is submitted (for selection):
Strand 1 – Challenges and Opportunities for Pricing and Reimbursement Policies
Strand 2 – Policy Responses to the Financial Crisis: Lessons Learned
Strand 3 – Policy Cooperation and Interface Issues

Journal Supplement:

  1. Do you (and all co-authors) consent for your abstract to be published in the Conference Proceedings Supplement of the BioMed Central Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice (JOPPP) if selected?
  2. To be considered for publishing in the journal supplement, do you confirm that your abstract/research is original and not previously published?

If consenting to be published in the JOPPP supplement, please e-mail (ppriconference@goeg.at) an abstract in the specified format (see below). Please be so kind to quote your abstract ID.

Title of the abstract: Please enter a short title of your abstract

Authors: Names of Authors and Authors's affiliations (full contact details) should be listed.

Age of presenting (Co-) Author: Please provide the birth year of the presenting author if you wish to be considered for the young researcher award. (All authors below the age of 35 will be considered.)

Abstract (max. 400 words)

  1. Problem Statement: Abstracts should start with a short statement of the background of the specific problem addressed (max. 400 characters)
  2. Objective(s): State clearly the key objective(s) of the study in the form of specific aims or research questions. If relevant, describe the specific changes the intervention or policy under analysis was intended to accomplish.
  3. Policy/ies targeted: Describe which policy or intervention (e.g. external price referencing, price negotiations, generic substitution, interface management etc.) is addressed.
  4. Stakeholder(s) involved: State, if relevant, the main stakeholders involved in the policy/intervention development and implementation process.
  5. Region covered: Enter information on the geographical region(s) which are covered by the study (WHO regions: AFRO, EMRO, EURO, PAHO, SEARO, WPRO). Please state also if the study was/is carried out at international, national, provincial/regional, or local level.
  6. Methodology:
    1. Study design: Indicate the type of study (description, analysis, policy evaluation, review, qualitative study)
    2. Time period: Enter the time period of the study (date begun, date ended)
    3. Setting: Describe the study setting(s). Indicate if the study addresses the out-patient sector, the in-patient sector or the interface. Specify whether the study examines the public sector, private sector, or both.
    4. Intervention(s): Describe the essential features of any intervention, including methods and duration.
  7. Result(s): Give the main results of the study.
  8. Conclusion(s): Report conclusions directly supported by the evidence as well as their policy significance. Give equal emphasis to positive and negative findings of scientific merit.

Lesson(s) learned and success factor(s) – optional, but recommended: State here relevant factors of the success of the policy and intervention surveyed or barriers from which others could learn.

Keywords: Choose up to five keywords that best describe your survey, analysis or evaluation. You are invited to select from the examples given in the previous section Issues for abstract submission, but you are also welcome to indicate further keywords.

Funding Source(s): Name the organization(s) that funded / are funding the research.

Format requirements if consenting to be published in the Conference Supplement

(If consenting to be published in the JOPPP supplement, please upload an abstract in the specified format)