Abstracts

The conference provides an opportunity to share your research with an international audience. We invite you to submit an abstract to be considered by the Scientific Committee as an oral presentation or a poster.

The theme for the 2024 conference is “Code, cost, analyse and fund: Let’s harness the value of casemix.” Abstracts are invited on any of these components of casemix and funding and other applications of casemix, including value based health care. Examples include:

  • Using casemix tools and approaches to drive evidence-based decision-making
  • Analytical techniques and tools for extracting insights from casemix data
  • Costing methods and uses of cost data for pricing, health services management, classification development and value-based health care
  • Innovations in casemix classifications and methods for risk adjustment
  • Funding models and reimbursement strategies
  • Use of casemix for quality improvement and value-based health care
  • Developments in casemix coding and clinical documentation
  • Case studies showcasing casemix implementation in different contexts and their impact

Abstract requirements

The presenting author of an accepted abstract must register for the conference to ensure their abstract is included in the final program.

You can submit more than one abstract. However, please do not split up parts of a project into multiple abstracts (for example, background in one abstract, methods in another, findings in another and so forth). Nevertheless, you may submit separate abstracts reporting on different aspects of a larger project.

The abstract must be submitted electronically via the online abstract submission portal. [here]

Abstract format and layout guidelines

When preparing your abstract please follow the guidelines below:

  • You will be asked on the submission website whether your abstract relates to an oral presentation or a poster.
  • Abstracts must be in .doc and .docx or PDF format, following the layout used in the abstract submission template [click here for a template]. If you do not use the template, your abstract may be declined.
  • The Word or PDF document should contain the title of the presentation or poster (as entered into the abstract system) and body text of your abstract only. Do not include the author details.
  • Abstract body text should include the following structure:
    • Introduction:
      • Background to the issue/problem statement
      • Link to past research/developments on the issue.
    • Methods: Details of data sourced/gathered and analysis undertaken. This can include quantitative data (e.g. data collected for the study and/or sourced from routine data collection) or qualitative data (e.g. stakeholder interviews or review of documentation).
    • Results: Presentation of results of data analysis.
    • Conclusion:
      • High level summary of the results.
      • What the results mean for policy and/or practice.
      • How the results relate to past research/developments on the issue.
  • Abstract body text should be a maximum of 500 words, inclusive of text in tables and figures.
  • You can use references, but limit to three. Use author-date style referencing.
  • Use Arial, size 12, fully justified, single line spacing.
  • You can use formatting (italics, bold, superscripting, subscripting, underlining) and symbol characters (that is, ±, μ, ß).
  • Please edit your abstract before submitting for any typographical and grammatical errors.
  • Abbreviations should be given in brackets after the first full use of the word. Abbreviations may be used in the title, provided the full term is included in the body of the abstract.
  • You will be prompted to list all authors in the correct order in the ‘Author(s)’ section of the abstract portal, ensuring you indicate the presenting author. Where there are multiple authors, you will be asked whether you have obtained permission from all authors before submitting.
  • Provide the abstract title (up to 180 characters and in sentence case only) in the ‘Title’ field provided in the abstract portal.
  • Abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee using the following criteria:
    • Relevance to casemix, and specifically the theme and topics for the conference
    • Rigour of methods (as appropriate for the type of paper e.g. quantitative versus qualitative)
    • Contribution to practice and/or research.
  • All accepted abstracts will be included in the documentation made available to the conference delegates.

Copyright

Authors who submit an abstract agree to the below terms.

  • You will be asked on submission of your abstract for permission for the PCSI to retain your abstract and presentation, and make it available to PCSI members. If you agree to this, the abstract authors will retain copyright over their work, while allowing the PCSI to place this unpublished work under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence, which allows others to freely access, use, and share the work, with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and its presentation at this conference.
  • Presenting authors will have obtained permission from all authors of the work before submitting.
  • Presentations should not include copyrighted materials without permission, particularly when including images or video clips unrelated to the research.
  • All authors will be asked to declare any conflicts of interest in presenting their work at the conference. A conflict of interest is whereby any of the authors have competing interests or loyalties (e.g. financial interests or personal or professional relationships) that may bias the work that is reported, or the conclusions, implications, or opinions stated. (See PCSI’s policy on Disclosure of Conflict of Interest here).

Awards

The PCSI presents the following awards as part of the conference:

  • Best paper: Awarded to the top-scoring full-length paper, as judged by nominated members of the Scientific Committee. A full-length paper means writing up your project that is the subject of your presentation in manuscript format (see below). The Scientific Committee has used the following criteria to assess papers for this award in the past:
    • Originality
    • Contribution to the field of case mix research/case mix implementation
    • Rigour of methods
    • Implications for the field of research.

    A full length paper is not required for all abstracts, but is required for entry for the Best paper award. Full-length papers will be required to be submitted separately to the abstract, as follows:

  • Casemix innovation: Awarded to the abstract judged to demonstrate the most innovative potential to improve the health of the population, by nominated members of the Scientific Committee. The recipient must be prepared to rework the abstract into a contribution to a dynamic white paper on the subject of Population Health Management. The Casemix Innovation award is supported by Casemix Bv and Jacob Hofdijk, Emeritus Secretary, PCSI.
  • Best poster: Awarded to the poster judged by nominated members of the Scientific Committee as having the best content and presentation by the author during the conference. (Poster authors are required to give a 5-minute presentation of their poster during the Poster event at the conference).

You will be asked when registering an abstract whether you wish to be considered for one (or more) of the awards above.