Inspiring best practice in respiratory care


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Deadline for submission: 30th June 2017

The annual PCRS-UK conference aims to showcase community-based respiratory research and innovative clinical / service developments through a series of abstract-based oral presentation sessions running throughout the two day conference, as well as a poster display in the exhibition area.

Abstracts on all aspects of respiratory medicine relevant to primary or community care are welcomed, including abstracts that have been submitted to other conferences as well as work currently in progress, as follows:

1.  Scientific abstracts of original research
If you are involved in a research project on any aspect of primary care respiratory medicine, this is a great opportunity to present your findings and get valuable feedback from primary care-based clinical and academic colleagues.For those new to research it looks great on your CV and is a chance to meet other like-minded individuals. Previous feedback from both junior and experienced researchers has shown that the research sessions at the conference are stimulating, enjoyable and useful
2. Sharing Best Practice / Quality improvement
If you have been involved in a project which has changed practice in primary care, why not submit an abstract describing your project and its findings? This is an opportunity to showcase your work, share your experiences and discuss the outcomes of your work with colleagues. We are particularly keen to see the results of local or national audits which have the potential to improve outcomes for our patients in primary care

Posters and oral presentations

All abstracts will be subject to peer review. The authors of all abstracts accepted for the conference will be invited to prepare a poster for display throughout the conference.

In general, authors of higher scoring abstracts on completed work, that have not been presented elsewhere will also be invited to give an oral presentation in the research stream of the conference sessions.

In addition to the oral abstract presentations, there will also be a poster session, in which authors of posters not selected for oral presentation will have an opportunity to discuss their poster. There is an option when submitting your abstract if you would prefer to be considered for poster presentation only.

Publication of abstracts

  • All abstracts accepted for the conference will be published on the Conference App
  • Scientific abstracts of original research that have not been published elsewhere will be published online (subject to editorial review) in our flagship academic journal npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine (
  • All other abstracts accepted for the conference will be published in the PCRS-UK membership publication Primary Care Respiratory Update

Awards for the best abstract in each category

A certificate and free registration at the 2018 PCRS-UK conference will be presented for the best original abstract in both the scientific and best practice categories, and the best abstract overall will be presented  in the final plenary session at the conference. In addition the authors of the winning scientific abstract will be invited to submit a full paper to npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine and if accepted, will be offered publication free of charge. Only abstracts that have not previously been published or presented at other national / international meetings and conferences will be considered for an award.

Call for Abstracts in key areas

Abstracts on all aspects of respiratory medicine relevant to primary or community care are welcomed Particular areas of interest to PCRS-UK are:

Diagnosis: evidence that early & accurate diagnosis improves outcomes and/or studies/projects looking at how best to organise diagnostic services
Education: evidence that better education of health professionals leads to better care, and /or studies / projects looking at innovative ways of delivering education
Tobacco dependency: evidence highlighting tobacco dependency as a long term relapsing condition starting in childhood and /or studies / projects looking at innovative ways of providing smoking cessation services / improving quit rates
Getting research into practice: specific implementation science based studies looking at how to get proven interventions implemented in routine clinical practice

Abstracts in the above categories need not be specific to respiratory care provided they are potentially applicable / transferable to respiratory care.

Deadline for submission: 30th June 2017

Please note that authors will be notified if their abstract has been accepted by 30th July 2017. Successful authors must register for the conference by 14th August 2017 in order to qualify for the discounted registration rate and for their abstract to be eligible for publication online in npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine.