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Abstract Submission


In responding to the Symposium objectives, we invite those concerned about health system development around the world whether

  • researcher, community activist or health system practitioner
  • working in low, middle or high income country settings, or in fragile states, communities and populations, or at international level

to share their experience and understandings – through an organized session or individual presentation - around one of four health systems research field-building dimensions:

  1. cutting-edge research around the dimension of people-centred health systems and how to strengthen them to promote greater responsiveness, better health, human rights and social justice 
  2. innovative research approaches and measures for generating systematic and rigorous knowledge of, and engaging people in action towards, people-centred health systems
  3. novel strategies for developing the capacities needed to conduct people-centred health policy and systems research, covering formal teaching programmes and broader capacity-development initiatives
  4. original experience of learning communities and knowledge translation platforms engaged in strengthening health systems.

Within the dimension of “cutting-edge research”, those submitting abstracts will also be required to categorize their submission according to the research topic to which it is primarily related, choosing from:

A. Governance, accountability and participation

for example:

  • Approaches to democratizing decision-making and supporting social accountability
  • Reforming information systems to support participatory decision-making processes
  • Re-visioning the role of the district in plural, people-centred health systems

B. Community-based health systems

for example:

  • The effectiveness of alternative approaches to strengthen community-based services, including community health worker programmes
  • Experiences of local inter-sectoral action for health

C. Health equity and rights

for example:

  • The role of rights, justice and equity in health-system organization and performance
  • Assessing health system responsiveness to people’s needs and rights
  • The political economy of health systems

D. Strengthening quality of care

for example:

  • Evaluating quality-improvement processes and strategies
  • Improving access to essential medicines and technologies
  • Addressing patient safety through patient-provider partnerships

E. Recognizing providers as people

for example:

  • The factors driving migration globally and locally
  • Evaluation of strategies for improving health-worker motivation and retention
  • Understanding dual practice, informal charges and health-worker coping strategies
  • Improving human resource management processes

F. Complexity science and people-centred systems

for example:

  • Addressing the significance of culture, values, power and relationships over health-system performance
  • Influences over decision-making in agenda setting, policy formulation and policy implementation
  • Distributed leadership in complex adaptive health systems and strategies to facilitate its emergence

G. Financing for people-centred and equitable health systems

for example: 

  • Reflecting population preferences in resource allocation and budgeting processes
  • Purchasing to meet population needs
  • Assessing alternative strategies of purchasing to incentivize health workers and managers in the provision of effective, quality services
  • Promoting progressive revenue-collection methods 

Download abstract submission guidelines

Submit an Abstract

Please select organized 90-minute session or individual abstract when you are ready to submit. This will, in turn, determine the information that is required in order to complete your submission. When you select your submission type, you will be taken to the account login page. If you have already made a submission of any type (i.e. either organized session or individual abstract) you will be able to use the same password. If not, please click on “New account” and follow the prompts.

Organized 90-minute sessions

  • Participatory session: These could be roundtable discussions, debates, fishbowl discussions or any other approach that actively encourages audience participation.
  • Skills-building workshop: Sessions may take different formats, but participants should be provided with specific skills: methods of data collection or analysis, means of communicating health policy and systems research (HPSR) results, methods of bringing together actors to conduct or share HPSR, etc.
  • Panel presentation: This is the traditional panel presentation format, but organizers must allow adequate time for audience discussion and interaction.

*** Submissions for organized 90-minute sessions are now closed. ***

Individual abstract

  • Individual abstracts may be accepted for either oral or poster presentation. Within the programme, individual abstracts accepted for oral presentation will be grouped into sessions. Sessions based on individual abstracts will be actively facilitated and may be managed in various ways (that is, they will not necessarily entail a set of short presentations).

*** Individual abstract submissions are now closed. ***

Page updated: 27 May 2015