Abstract & Oral Presentation Submission Abstract Submission Instructions

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Presenters will be notified on or before April 7, 2010.

If this is the first time you’ve prepared an abstract and need guidance in finishing your work, the Research Department will be happy to provide technical assistance.  Please contact us at 324-1000 ext. 77324 before March 26, 2010.


Title and Author(s).  The title should be short but descriptive. E.g.:

PATIENT REASONS FOR MISSING THEIR MAMMOGRAM APPOINTMENT.  Jones AB, Buyette CB, Smith MA.  Departments of Radiology and Medicine, St. George’s Women’s Hospital, Sheridan IN

Content of Abstract.  The abstract should be accurate (reflect purpose and content), self-contained (avoid abbreviations and acronyms unless first spelled out), concise, specific, coherent and readable. Use standard statistical notation (p-value, confidence intervals, etc.)  The abstract should summarize your proposed presentation. It should describe what you did and why you did it, how the study was carried out, results of the study, and the significance and implication of the work. Include the headings: Introduction or Objectives, Methods, Results, and Discussion
For example (Note - this is a fictitious abstract.):

Introduction:  Literature demonstrates that up to 20% of patients miss appointments for mammogram, however, the data on reasons for missed appointments is over 20 years old and is culturally biased.  We examined reasons for missed appointments and evaluated the impact of age and ethnicity on these reasons.
Methods: Using appointment logs from the St. George’s Breast Center, we identified all patients over a 4 month period that missed their scheduled appointment for a mammogram and did not subsequently have the test done during that time.  These patients were contacted and a brief telephone survey was administered asking their demographics (age, race, ethnicity, and insurance status) and reasons for missed appointment (open-ended question with prompts if no answer). 
Results: Of the 220 eligible patients, 218 were contacted for the study and 134 agreed to participate (61%).  The commonest reasons for missed appointment were forgetfulness (37%), followed by fear (24%) and desire to delay another year (14%).  Women over age 50 were more likely to miss the appointment due to forgetfulness (p=0.04).  Compared to all other women, Hispanic women were more likely to miss the appointment due to fear (p=0.02).
Discussion: As opposed to the literature, our study showed that forgetfulness was a more common cause of missed appointments than was fear.  Although we demonstrated age and ethnic differences, the study’s sample size limited further comparisons.  We recommend further research on reminder techniques, such as a pre-procedure phone call targeted to older patients, to improve mammogram compliance. 

Abstracts should not exceed 400 words. Do not include direct quotes or reference citations. 

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