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Annual Meeting - Abstracts

2018 Call for Abstracts

2017 Annual Meeting Abstracts may be viewed on the Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy (RSAP) website.

The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) invites poster abstract submissions for the PQA Annual Meeting, which will be held in Wednesday, May 16 to Friday, May 18, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland.  PQA's poster session provides an opportunity for authors to highlight their efforts to improve healthcare quality and for attendees to engage in insightful dialogue about the quality landscape.

Authors of the highest scoring abstracts will give a podium presentation during a special session featured at the PQA Annual Meeting on Friday morning, May 18. Additionally, all accepted abstracts of original work will be published online in the journal Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy (RSAP).

Please click here to access the submission form
Submission Deadline:  January 12, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST

Previous sessions have featured work in the various topic areas listed below.  Authors are encouraged to submit an abstract in one of these areas or in another current or emerging healthcare quality topic area.

Topic Areas Keywords and examples
Implementation & Improvement
  • Outcomes associated with measure use (clinical, intermediate outcome, cost, etc.)
  • Pre-post evaluations of quality improvement initiatives
  • Implementation science
Patient or Caregiver Voice
  • Patient-reported outcomes
  • Shared decision-making
  • Patient experience
Quality Measure Development
  • Environmental scans and gaps analysis research to identify areas of greatest need for new measure development
  • Validation of existing measures
Payment Models, Health Economics & Health Policy
  • Quality network payment models (e.g., Pay-for-Performance, Quality Payment Program)
  • Attribution models
Education in Healthcare Quality
  • Best practices in teaching healthcare quality
  • Didactic vs experiential methods of teaching healthcare quality


Submission Requirements
Authors will be required to indicate the following in the online submission form:

  • Author Type
  • Submission Type
  • Submission Category
  • Relevant Financial Relationships
  • Publication Disclosure
The abstract template is included within the online submission form link.  Abstracts must not exceed 300 words (excluding title).  All abstracts must contain the following elements:
  • Background
  • Objective(s)
  • Methods
  • Results*
  • Conclusion*
*For work-in-progress:  Preliminary results and conclusions should be reported.

Author Type

  • Professional: Researchers, practitioners
  • Fellow/Resident: Post-graduate individuals participating in residencies or fellowships
  • Student: Individuals pursuing graduate/professional degrees (e.g., MS, PhD, PharmD, MD)
  • PQA-CVS Health Foundation Scholar: Selected students participating in the PQA-CVS Health Foundation Scholars Program

Submission Type

  • Completed project
  • Work-in-progress: All works-in-progress must be completed by the PQA Annual Meeting (May 2018)
  • Encore presentation: Original research that has already been presented at another venue or published in another format.  Please note: These abstracts will not be published in RSAP.


Submission Category:

  • Research:  Results of research are intended to be used by a broad audience (i.e., generalizable)
  • Quality Improvement:  Results of quality improvement are intended for use primarily by the entity conducting or funding the study (i.e., not generalizable)

Submissions to either category require systematic inquiry into a quality-related topic area or problem.  Research and Quality Improvement submissions are differentiated by the intended use of the results.

Relevant Financial Relationships

Please disclose any relevant financial relationships. Describe all financial sponsors in order of their sponsorship. In-kind sponsors should also be listed.

Publication Disclosure

Accepted abstracts of original work will be published online in Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy (RSAP). Please indicate the copyright ownership of the abstract submitted from the following: 

  • As owner of any copyright covering this abstract, I hereby grant RSAP exclusive rights to publish.
  • This work is part of official duties as an employee of the U.S. or other government and is therefore in public domain. Copyright does not apply.
  • This work is owned by the organization for which I work as work-made-for-hire and therefore may not be published.
  • This work is an encore presentation (has been or will be presented at another venue) and does not qualify for publication in RSAP.


All abstracts will be evaluated by reviewers from PQA’s membership and led by the PQA Academic Affairs Committee co-chairs. Abstract review will be based on the following criteria:
  • Originality
  • Clarity of objective(s)
  • Soundness of design
  • Quality of findings
  • Impact of conclusions


Authors will be notified of their selection status by e-mail in March 2018. Logistical information regarding the poster session will be provided in the Spring.  Please note:  At least one author must be present during the poster session at the PQA Annual Meeting.

For questions regarding abstract submissions,
please contact 
Nicolette Mehas, nmehas@PQAalliance.org

About the PQA Academic Affairs Committee (AAC)

PQA's AAC organizes and hosts the Annual Meeting Poster Session. The committee focuses on ways to educate pharmacy students in all aspects of quality, including quality improvement, quality measurement, and value-driven healthcare.  PQA welcomes faculty members from member organizations to join the AAC.  Non-faculty individuals from member organizations who are interested in serving as quality champions to a school/college are invited to join the AAC as Ambassadors.

  • Ben Aronson, PharmD, PhD, Ohio Northern University College of Pharmacy
  • Charles Douglas, PhD, MBA, California Health Sciences University College of Pharmacy
  • Ben Urick, PharmD, PhD, University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy
  • Ranjani Varadarajan, PhD, Shenandoah University Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy

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