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Annual Meeting - Abstracts

2017 Call for Abstracts

2016 Annual Meeting Abstracts may be viewed on the Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy (RSAP) website.

The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) requests submissions for poster abstracts for the PQA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD occurring Wednesday, May 17 to Friday, May 19, 2017.

The highest scoring abstracts in each submission category will be invited to give a podium presentation during a special session featured at the PQA Annual Meeting. Additionally, all accepted abstracts of original work will be published online in the journal Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy (RSAP).

Submission Deadline:  January 11, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST
Please click here to access the submission form

Unable to access abstract template?  Download here.

  • Authors will be required to indicate the following:
    • Author Type
    • Abstract Submission Type
    • Submission Category
    • Relevant Financial Relationships
    • Publication Disclosure
  • Abstracts must not exceed 300 words (excluding author names, institution, and abstract title)
  • The abstract template is included within the online submission form at the link above. All abstracts must contain the following elements:
    • Background
    • Objective(s)
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Conclusion

Author Type

• Professional:
Researchers, practitioners
• Fellow/Resident: Post-graduate individuals participating in residencies or fellowships
• Student: Students 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

Abstract Submission Type

• Completed project
• Work-in-progress:
All works-in-progress must be completed by the time of the PQA Annual Meeting (May 2017)
• 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  Please note: these abstracts will not be published in RSAP.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 Categories:
Abstracts should be classified within one of the following five topic areas:

Category 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
Education in Healthcare Quality
  • Best practices in teaching healthcare quality
  • Didactic vs experiential methods of teaching healthcare quality

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 the journal 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:  How important/novel is the concept/project? Does the project make an important contribution to healthcare quality?
  • Research Objective(s):  Is the objective clearly stated and appropriate for the category in which the abstract was submitted?
  • Sound Research Design:  Do the methods, study design, and analysis plan address and support the objective(s)? Are the methods clear and scientifically sound?
  • Results:  Are findings reported for each research question/objective? Are the results clear, accurate and concise? For works-in-progress, are preliminary findings/trends reported for each objective?
  • Conclusions:  Are the conclusions clearly defined? Does the author describe the implications of findings to healthcare quality? For works-in-progress, is a conclusion stated based on preliminary findings?


Authors will be notified of their selection status by e-mail in March 2017. Presentation board numbers, date, and presentation session assignment will be provided in the Spring.  Note:  at least one author must be present during the poster session at the PQA Annual Meeting.

For questions regarding abstract submissions,
please contact 
Mel Nelson, mnelson@PQAalliance.org

About the PQA Academic Affairs Committee

PQA's Academic Affairs Committee organizes and hosts the Annual Meeting Poster Session. The committee meets monthly throughout the school year to focus on ways to educate pharmacy students in all aspects of quality, including quality improvement, quality measurement, and value-driven healthcare. Professors learn from each other by sharing professional experiences and strategies to engage and teach students about quality. PQA welcomes faculty members to join the committee as well as non-faculty individuals from member organizations who are interested in serving as a quality champion to a school/college of faculty through our Ambassador Program.

  • Charles Douglas, PhD, MBA, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy
  • Kyle Hultgren, PharmD, Director, Center for Medication Safety Advancement, Courtesy Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Purdue University College of Pharmacy
  • Ranjani Varadarajan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, Shenandoah University Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy
  • Terri L. Warholak, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, and Investigator within the Center for Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomic Research

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