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Clinical Quality presentations at BGS scientific meetings

In the run up to the BGS spring meeting, we would like to remind presenters of clinical quality work, of a number of changes to the way CQ posters will be treated from the Spring BGS meeting in Nottingham In April. This article aims to highlight these. In summary:

  • Successful abstracts will be displayed online after the conference. 
  • Abstracts will no longer be automatically eligible for publication in the Age & Ageing supplement.
  • There will be a platform presentation session for the best abstracts.
  • Poster presenters may be asked to take part in an interview about their project for the website.
  • The categories and headings for abstracts have been updated (see here).
  • The Clinical Quality section replaces what was previously known as Clinical Effectiveness.

There have been a number of changes as part of a long-term strategy to 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. 

Successful abstracts will be displayed online after the conference
The BGS is developing an online space for accepted abstracts to be shared; where as many relevant people can view your work as possible. As part of this development, you may also be asked to provide a pdf copy of your poster. Ultimately, we aim for this to become a valuable resource that members will be able to navigate by topic to find relevant projects to their needs more easily than currently.

Abstracts will no longer be automatically eligible for publication in the Age & Ageing supplement

Clinical Quality abstracts will no longer automatically be eligible for publication in the Age & Ageing supplement. This is for two reasons. Firstly, the above changes to presentation 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 will, from now on, take place at the poster assessment stage 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.

There will be a platform presentation session for the best abstracts.

The best clinical quality abstracts will be invited to present their work as a platform presentation at each meeting from now on, in the same way that scientific abstracts have done for some time. These may be recorded and included in the online space too.

Poster presenters may be asked to take part in an interview about their project for the website.

Some poster presenters may be approached to participate in a recorded interview to discuss your project in more detail. This would be an audio recording, to add to the website as a podcast so that your work can be more widely shared beyond the meeting.

The categories and headings for abstracts have been updated to reflect the goals of the section.

The shift in focus towards development of new or existing services and their evaluation and away from simple audits is reflected in changes to categories under which abstracts are submitted and in the headings for writing the abstract. 

Jo Preston
on behalf of the BGS Clinical Quality Group

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