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    15th Annual Qualitative Health Research Conference
    Venue: Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites, Vancouver, British Columbia
    Conference Dates: October 4-6, 2009
    Workshop Date: October 7, 2009
    Deadline for abstract submissions is April 3, 2009.

    We invite papers, posters and/or symposia on any of the following conference themes:
    Qualitative Research Results
    Acute and Chronic Illnesses
    Vulnerable or special populations
    International Health
    Addiction, risk and health behaviours
    Place, Health and Environment

    Methodological Issues in Qualitative Health Research
    Issues and new directions in data collection
    Development and Applications of theory
    Novel methods (Mixed or pure)
    New Approaches to Dissemination
    Supporting Knowledge translation and change

    The Cutting Edge
    New populations/settings
    New technologies
    Qualitative systematic review

    Other Themes – as proposed by presenters
    This year the conference includes three methods of presentation:
    Moderated Poster Session
    Who should choose this forum? Researchers who are engaged in preliminary data analysis, or who are in proposal development should choose this option. Topics may include theoretical, substantive, or methodological contributions to qualitative research, or dissemination of findings.

    This is the best way to present your initial findings, to interact with other researchers, and to receive feedback on your work. Posters (and supplementary material, if applicable) will be presented during a dedicated session, where you and other poster presenters will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with conference attendees about your work. You are invited to bring handouts, or other visual elements to make the most of your session time. This session will give you time to speak to specific elements of the project design, and to answer questions from other conference attendees.

    Oral Presentation

    Who should choose this forum? Extended oral presentations are intended for fully-developed explorations of research projects. This is the best way to present findings from larger studies or studies of particular depth or interest to a multi-disciplinary audience. Oral presentations will be 20 minutes long, followed by a 10 minute question period.

    This is the best way for a group or team of researchers to present outstanding work around a consistent theme. Symposia will last for 90 minutes and consist of three, 20-minute papers followed by 30 minutes of discussion.

    Who should choose this option? Symposia are intended for in depth exploration of a single theme related to qualitative health research, by a group or team of researchers who wish to explore different dimensions of the same topic. This is also the ideal forum to present findings on multi-stage studies, projects that involve multiple research sites, or explorations of mixed and multi-method studies.

    Please note: Submissions for the symposia sessions must include abstracts for all three proposed papers, plus a 150 word abstract outlining the theme of the symposium. Submissions must also name the individual who will chair the session. All presenters must attend.

    Instructions and preliminary guidelines:
    Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously and must:

    Not exceed 250 words;
    Be written as concisely and clearly as possible and in English;
    Be written in paragraph form (i.e., not using a ‘structured abstract’ format);
    Outline the background of the study/project, methods and theoretical approach (if applicable); findings; Implications
    Ensure you clearly indicate how the presentation presents innovative work or new findings.
    Submissions must also include all authors’ names and primary academic/institutional affiliation only, and contact details of the corresponding author. Submissions must identify which conference theme (from an allocated list), best matches the proposed topic, as well as your preferred mode of presentation (i.e., poster; oral presentation; symposium).

    Please note that if the reviewers deem the content to be more suitable for another mode of presentation, they may recommend a change (e.g., from poster to oral presentation). The conference committee will discuss any such recommendations with authors, as part of the acceptance process.

    Abstracts for oral presentations that are novel or particularly significant in terms of findings, methodological/theoretical approach, or that represent ‘state of the art’ approaches of the highest quality, will receive priority for this mode of presentation during the review process.

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