Call for Abstracts

Submissions are welcome from all disciplines. Abstracts may be submitted for Interactive Workshops, Proffered Papers, Research Forum Papers or Posters. A description of each type of presentation can be found below.

Only two abstracts submitted by the same first author is permitted. Abstracts that are not accepted for oral presentations will be automatically considered for poster presentation. Please do not resubmit your abstract.

Abstract Submission Deadlines


December 15, 2021

Notifications will be sent out on January 18, 2022

Proffered Papers

December 15, 2021

Notifications will be sent out on January 18, 2022

Research Forum Papers

December 15, 2021

Notifications will be sent out on January 18, 2022


May 31, 2022 at 8 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Abstracts submitted for poster presentation will not be reviewed until after the poster submission deadline.


  • Interactive Workshop
    • a 45 minute in-depth, interactive session given by one or more presenters (a maximum of 4 names will be listed in the program) Priority will be given to proposals that encourage audience participation and debate.

  • Proffered Paper
    • a 15 minute presentation (and 5 minute question period), or 20 minute presentation (and 10 minute question period) by a single presenter, grouped with others on a similar topic.

  • Research Forum Paper
    • a 10 minute presentation of a research project or study that will be combined with two other papers in an hour-long Research Forum session with a discussant to comment on the papers presented.
      Nine top submissions describing research and submitted as Proffered Papers will be selected for 10-minute presentation in a Research Forum.  Each Forum will include three such presentations followed by a commentary by a discussant and 15 minutes of questions and comments from the audience. Should your abstract describe a research project or study (with results) and should you wish to be considered for a Research Forum, please select Proffered Paper AND click in the appropriate box. Should your abstract NOT be accepted for the Research Forum, it will still be considered for a regular 15-minute proffered paper oral presentation.

  • Poster
    • a visual presentation describing a project or activity related to Palliative Care. Posters must be designed to fit the predetermined guidelines.  They are mounted on the first day of the Congress and taken down on the final day.  As much as possible, authors are expected to be present with their poster during breaks to answer questions from participants.  No audiovisual support is provided for poster presentations.

Suggestions for Preparing Your Abstract:

  • Keep the abstract under 300 words.
  • Make the abstract as informative as possible.
  • The use of tables, graphs and other types of images in the abstract is not permitted.
  • Use generic drug names.
  • The use of abbreviations is permissible provided that the term is spelled out in full the first time it appears, with the abbreviation shown in parentheses following the term.
  • Do not put the title or the text of your abstract all in caps.
  • Do not identify author(s) or institution(s) in text.
  • Proofread your abstract carefully.

For all oral presentations, including workshops:

  • It is now mandatory to include your learning objective (1 objective for short presentations; 2 objectives for workshops).

For scientific studies, research or research-based projects:

  • Organize the body of the abstract as follows:
    (a) objectives, (b) methods, (c) results, (d) conclusions.
  • Conclusions must be supported by data.

For workshops, it is helpful to include:

  • Format (length of presentation vs interactivity, type of interactivity, number of presenters)
  • Key source material
  • Target audience.

Abstract submitters will indicate which track (adult, or children/youth) and which topic category their abstract should be considered for.

Abstract Topic Categories include:

  • Acute and Critical Care
  • Aging / Geriatrics
  • The Arts and Arts-based Therapies
  • Bereavement, Loss, Grief
  • Clinical Nutrition at the End of Life
  • Communication
  • Community-based Palliative Care & Home Care
  • Compassionate Communities
  • Complementary Therapies / New Natural Analgesics
  • Education, Training and Supervision
  • End-of-Life Issues for People with Disabilities (mental or physical)
  • Ethical issues
  • Family and Informal Caregivers
  • Gastronomy at the End of Life
  • Humanitarian Crises (Palliative Care during)
  • Indigenous Health
  • Innovative Technology
  • Interprofessional Collaborative Practice
  • Leadership, Program Development and Evaluation
  • LGBTQ2+ Community
  • Long-term Care (Palliative Care in)
  • Low- and Middle-Income Countries (Palliative Care in)
  • Methodological Issues in Research and Quality Improvement
  • Neuropalliative Care
  • Non-cancer Care
  • Nursing Issues
  • Pain and Symptom Management
  • Psychosocial Interventions and Issues
  • Public Health Initiatives and Policy Development
  • Self-care and Wellness
  • Social, Cultural and Political Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Suffering, Healing and Whole Person Care
  • Survivorship
  • Underserved Populations
  • Young Adults
  • Volunteers
  • Other