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Abstracts in clinical quality section submitted for BGS Scientific Meetings

The British Geriatrics Society welcomes papers on research and clinical effectiveness for presentation at its biannual conferences. It encourages the submission of abstracts under the categories of scientific research and clinical effectiveness (quality). Here, Jo Preston describes changes to this latter category in the hope that we can enhance the quality or presentations at our meetings.

Focus on Improving Quality of Care
The name of the section has changed from ‘Clinical Effectiveness’ to ‘Clinical Quality’. This is in recognition that clinical effectiveness is only one domain of clinical quality. Accordingly, the sub-categories for clinical quality abstracts have changed too (see table 1).

Categories for Clinical Quality abstracts from Spring 2015 Meeting
 Effectiveness •  Service changes increasing effectiveness
•  Barriers to moving research into practice
•  Improving learning for staff
•  Guideline development
Efficiency & Value for Money

•  Measures which improve throughput,
value or other performance measures

 Patient Centredness •  Improving the patient experience
•  Improving personalisation of care
•  Empowerment
 Safety •  Reducing harms
•  Improving safety culture
 Access  •  Increasing equity of access, and
   timeliness of healthcare

It is worth reminding members that research studies i.e. those that generate new knowledge, as opposed to evaluating practical implementation, even in the above domains, must be submitted to the scientific section of the meeting.

Presentation
The BGS is developing an online space for accepted abstracts to be shared, where your work can be viewed and navigated easily. As part of this initiative, you may also be asked to provide a copy of your poster (in A4 pdf format), or participate in a recorded interview to discuss your project in more detail.

In addition to abstracts being presented in poster format, future meetings will have a platform presentation session for the best Clinical Quality abstracts. This session will have a strong emphasis on sharing initiatives that have the potential to be adopted elsewhere, and discussion centred around implementation.

Publication in Age & Ageing, no longer automatic
From the Spring 2015 meeting, Clinical Quality abstracts will no longer be automatically eligible for publication in the Age & Ageing abstracts supplement. Firstly, the changes outlined above will provide a more meaningful way of sharing good practice with a larger audience. Secondly, it was felt that journal publication of abstracts should be reserved for the most methodologically robust and, or innovative work.

The decision regarding suitability for publication in the Age & Ageing abstracts supplement will, from now on, take place at the poster assessment after judges have had a chance to review the work in more detail. It is anticipated that the number of abstracts being put forward for publication will be small.

Word Count and Headings
Abstracts should now be presented using new headings to shift focus towards discussing practical implementation:

Topc • What have you decided to address, and why?
 Intervention •  What change did you make?
•  How was it implemented?
 Improvement •  What changes did you see as a consequence?
 Discussion •  Was it challenging to implement?
•  What might others find difficult if they did the same?
•  Are there any population or service features that might limit replication elsewhere?
•  What would you do differently if you started again?

Abstracts submitted to the scientific section will not be affected by these changes.

The Future
It is hoped that these changes will improve the value of abstracts beyond the posters and stimulate lively discussion both at the meetings and after; leading to wide reaching improvements in care through collaboration and building on each others' successes.

Jo Preston
ST6 KSS Deanery
Trainee Representative on the BGS Clinical Quality Group

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