Guidelines and review criteria

We welcome:

  • Abstracts that can be selected for oral presentations or poster presentation.
  • Workshop proposal.

Abstracts

When composing your abstract submission for Oral or Poster Presentation, please adhere to the following:

  • The maximum word count is 300 words (excluding title, authors and affiliations).
    • Please structure the abstract into the following sections:
  • A title clearly indicating the nature of the study.
  • Introduction to include problem description and summary of available knowledge.
  • Objectives that clearly indicate the scientific question and objectives of the study and its clinical (or other) importance in 1-2 sentences.
  • Methods that should contain sufficient information for the reader to understand the research design, the analytical techniques used in the study. Please document ethical considerations.
  • Results should contain objective data to answer the scientific question(s). This could include associations between interventions and outcomes, including unintended consequences.
  • Conclusion should provide only conclusion of the study directly supported by the results, along with implication for clinical practice, avoiding speculation and overgeneralization.
  • References, please note that this is not mandatory, however it will be included in the word count.
  • Include bolded structured headings as follows: Introduction, Objectives, Methods, Results and Conclusions. Some submissions may not lend themselves to this structure. Leave a blank line space in between each section. Subheadings should be followed by the text on the same line.
  • Please do not include figures, tables or references within the submission.
  • Please avoid that the title or abstract text does contain identifiable author information as the abstract will be blind reviewed by the NSQH Scientific Committee
  • It is very important that numerical data and statistical analysis (as appropriate) are presented in the abstract. Statements such as “findings will be discussed” or “data will be presented” are not appropriate and will result in rejection of the abstract.
  • Multiple abstracts from the same overall study are welcome but they need to be sufficiently different to justify multiple presentations.
  • The presenting author must attend the conference as a registered delegate. 
  • NSQH wants to provide high-quality sessions focused on educational content that is free from commercial influence or bias. Thus, please declare any potential conflicts of interest for all authors during abstract submission.
  • Please ensure your abstract does not contain spelling, grammar, or scientific mistakes, as NSQH will reproduce it as submitted. Please make sure to define all abbreviations.
  • Please choose among the key topics the two topics that you think reflect your abstract best.
  • Abstracts should be submitted by 24th April.
  • Authors will be notified of acceptance of their proposal no later than 5th June.

Topics:

  1. Improving safety cultures
  2. Learning from measurements, experiences, and root cause analysis 
  3. How to reduce risks in clinical pathways
  4. Building resilience into the health care system
  5. Balancing quality, economy, and equity
  6. Choosing wisely
  7. Regulation and policy
  8. Health informatics and technology
  9. Training and education
  10. Co-creating care with service users
  11. Leadership, logistics and work environment
  12. Surgical safety
  13. Other

Workshops

We will have a limited number of workshops during the NSQH 2024 conference.

When composing your workshop proposal, please adhere to the following:

  • NSQH wants to provide high-quality sessions focused on educational content that is free from commercial influence or bias. Thus, please declare any potential conflicts of interest for all authors during abstract submission.
  • Workshops should be as interactive as possible. Therefore, we ask for your approach to facilitation
  • Workshops are 75 minutes.
  • We encourage Nordic researchers to propose workshops, preferably – but not necessarily – so that two or more Nordic researchers from different countries jointly organize a workshop.

Please structure the proposal for your workshop into the following sections:

  • A title clearly indicating the nature of the workshop.
  • Names of presenters: (title, place of work).
  • Teaser
  • During this workshop you will learn (max three bullet points)
  • Plan for facilitation (group discussions at round tables, world café, rapid fire with questions… sky is the limit). 
  • Max 300 words

Please make sure to define all abbreviations.

Abstracts should be submitted by 24th April.

The workshop proposers will be notified of acceptance at the latest 5th June and if accepted contacted by the conference organizers to discuss and plan the workshop.

Review Criteria

  • The NSQH Scientific Committee will attempt to judge all abstracts blind to author’s names and affiliations.
  • The NSQH Scientific Committee reviewers will attempt not to judge abstracts from the country they themselves are from. 
  • There will be two reviewers per abstract, and three if there is a large discrepancy among the two first reviewers.
  • After the abstract review the abstract will be discussed in the NSQH Program Committee for final inclusion in the conference program.
  • It is very important that numerical data and statistical analysis (as appropriate) are presented in the abstract. Statements such as “findings will be discussed” or “data will be presented” are not appropriate and will result in rejection of the abstract.
  • Multiple abstracts from the same overall study are welcome but they need to be sufficiently different to justify multiple presentations.
  • The highest-ranking abstracts will be selected for oral presentations (unless otherwise requested by the author), the rest will be offered poster presentations unless judged not to be suitable for acceptance.
  • Abstracts will be judged on the following criteria:
    • Novelty
    • Scientific validity
    • General interest
    • Quality of abstract presentation
    • Relevance to the NSQH vision and mission
    • Each reviewer will judge each criterion on a scale from 1 to 5 where 5 is best.
    • The result of each criterion and the sum of the five criteria will be presented to the NSQH program committee.