University of Southern Indiana

Research Call for Abstracts

University of Southern Indiana
Evansville, Indiana

 College of Nursing and Health Professions

24th Annual

Research, Evidence-Based Practice, and Performance Improvement in Healthcare Conference

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Deadline for Abstract Submission: December 2, 2019

This conference will provide an environment to disseminate research, evidence based practice and performance improvement among healthcare disciplines. The attendee will have an opportunity to learn about strategies to improve patient care and health care systems, through keynote presentation and paper and poster presentations, as well as network with other professionals who are interested in promoting quality patient care. The learner outcome of this program is to prepare health professionals to implement effective research and evidence-based healthcare strategies and practices in their individual professional practice and their organization.

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General Submission Guidelines

Three types of abstracts are invited for submission.

  1. Abstracts of Research.

Research is the systematic collection of information to generate new knowledge


  1. Abstracts of Evidenced-based Practice.

Evidence-based practice is the conscientious integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values and needs for the delivery of quality, cost-effective health care.


  1. Abstracts of Performance Improvement in healthcare issues.

Performance improvement is a continuous and ongoing effort to achieve measurable improvement in the efficiency, effectiveness, and performance to achieve quality outcomes.

All Oral and Poster Presenters:

Research and Evidence-based Practice Abstracts may be submitted for either poster or oral presentation or both.

Performance Improvement in Healthcare Issues Abstracts must be submitted for poster presentation only.

Each abstract has a unique abstract submission form. Please choose the correct form when submitting your abstract.

Abstracts will be reviewed and selected through a blind review process.

The first author will be notified of acceptance by email in January 2020. Correspondence will only be sent to the first author listed.

All abstracts must be submitted by email.

Abstracts must be in English and free of grammatical errors.

All author Conflict of Interest Forms are to be submitted with the abstract.              

The abstract text must contain no more than 300 words. Subheadings are not included in the word count.

All oral and poster presenters must register for the conference.

All presenters are responsible for their own travel, lodging, meals, and conference registration fees.

Oral Presentations Only:

An LED projector and lap top computer will be provided for all oral presentations.

Oral presentations will be 20 minutes.

Only completed projects will be accepted for oral presentation.

Poster Presentations Only:

Poster presenters are responsible for providing their poster. All posters must be a self-standing, tri-fold and will be displayed on ½ of a standard 6 ft. table. The tri-fold must be no more than 3 ft wide when fully opened.

Three Types of Submission Guidelines:

  1. Guidelines for Research Abstract

Include the following subheadings:

  • Background/significance of problem
  • Research question/hypothesis
  • Research method
  • Findings
  • Discussion of results
  • Implications for health care professionals

Click here to submit a research abstract

Click here for further information on how to prepare a Research Abstract

Click here for Review Criteria


  1. Guidelines for Evidence-Based Practice Abstract

Include the following subheadings:

  • Background/Significance of problem
  • Clinical question
  • Search of literature/best evidence
  • Clinical appraisal of literature/best evidence
  • Integration into practice
  • Evaluation of evidenced-based practice

Click here to submit an Evidence-Based Practice abstract

Click here for further information on how to prepare an Evidence-Based Abstract

Click here for Review Criteria

  1. Guidelines for Performance Improvement Abstract

Include the following subheadings:

  • Introduction/Background
  • Statement of the problem
  • Methods
  • Processes addressed
  • Outcomes
  • Implications for practice

Click here to submit a Performance Improvement Abstract

Click here for further information on how to prepare a Performance Improvement Abstract

Click here for Review Criteria


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