Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are due by 11:59 PST, January 26, 2018

Please review the abstract guidelines before submitting an abstract.

The Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO) is now accepting abstracts for posters, papers, and workshops for the 33rd Annual Meeting to be held in Toronto, Ontario on  May 30 to June 1, 2018.  The conference theme is “Tailored & Targeted Interventions – The New Psychosocial Frontier.”

This conference will bring together professionals from multiple health care disciplines to explore, share, learn and discuss the psychosocial aspects of cancer. CAPO’s annual conference convenes researchers, clinicians and community based organizations from several professions, including: medicine, psychiatry, nursing, psychology, social work, spiritual care, nutrition, rehabilitation medicine, occupational health and radiation therapy for both adult and pediatric populations.

We invite abstracts on a range of topics in cancer care ranging from prevention and early diagnosis, to treatment and palliation. This year’s conference offers the opportunity to explore inter-relationships between leadership, clinical excellence and translational research in providing the best cancer care and psychosocial support for cancer patients, family members and survivors.

Conference objectives include:

Exploring cancer care in the context of the biopsychosocial model (i.e., the reciprocal interactions amongst cognitive, emotional, and behavioural events; social factors; spiritual and physical health and well-being) along the entire trajectory from prevention to end of life.

  • Expanding our understanding of “whole person care” approach in our work
  • Strengthening our clinical skills in delivering empirically-based care
  • Building research capacity in psychosocial oncology
  • Identifying best practices in clinical interventions, rehabilitation approaches, and research in psychosocial oncology
  • Learning about innovative programs and service delivery models
  • Offering opportunities for professional and community agency networking around regional and national initiatives and priorities such as guidelines, navigation, prevention, symptom management, and survivorship issues.
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Presentation Types:

  • Poster Presentation – consist of 4’ x 4’ display presentations for work in progress (or completed). Abstract submission for poster presentations should follow the prescribed clinical or research format.
  • 10 minute rapid oral presentations – consist of 5 minute presentations followed by 5 minute Q/As. Grouped with other like presentations, these format is best suited for recently started projects or projects (Clinical or Research) being contemplated. Abstract submission for poster presentations should follow the prescribed clinical or research format. Abstracts should include 2 –3 questions for which the authors are seeking discussion.
  • 20 minute individual oral presentation – 20 presentations are best suited for completed work. Abstract submission for clinical or research presentations are welcome. Presenters should plan for 15 minute presentations and 5 minutes for Q&A.
  • 90 minute symposium – 90 minute symposiums consist of three oral theme focused abstract presentations facilitated by a moderator and discussant.  Abstract submission for clinical or research presentations are welcome.
  • 90 minute workshops – Workshops should be interactive, include experiential components, and focus on skills or concepts that can be learned in a 90 – minute session. Workshop abstracts are to include the learning objectives and teaching methods to be used (ie. Vignette, experiential components, role plays…)

Please note, abstract presentations can be submitted in French for presentation in French. Based on submissions received, efforts will be made to create a French language stream.

Abstract Format:

Abstracts submissions should follow a prescribed format or all five presentation types.

Clinical Abstracts:
The clinical stream refers to items such as development of innovative programs or interventions/service delivery/model of care. Word Limit: 250 words. Format:

  • Background/rationale
  • Methodology (needs assessment, theoretical model, description of intervention, outcome measures
  • Impact on practice
  • Discussion (lessons learned, future direction).

Research Abstracts:
The research streams refers to work that is primarily based on the scientific method of discovery of hypothesis testing or theory development. This stream can include work from protocols, to reviews, to studies of various design

 Word Limit: 250 words.


  • Objectives/purpose
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion and clinical implications.

To see samples of abstract submissions click here.


Successful submissions will:

  • Be relevant to the conference theme and/or sub-themes and objectives
  • Be applicable to the field of psychosocial oncology
  • Be relevant to clinical practice
  • Contribute to new knowledge
  • Include evidence based content


All individuals submitting abstracts will be notified of acceptance by email to the account you recorded in the abstract submission form. You will receive a notification per abstract.

If your submission is accepted, you or a co-author will need to register for the conference to present your submission.  If you elect to not attend, your presentation will be withdrawn. By submitting your abstract, you are granting CAPO permission to list your name and abstract in our program materials.  

Regular conference fees apply to all presenters and co-presenters.  As a charitable organization, we are not able to make exceptions.  


CAPO acknowledges excellence in research presentations by students.  If you are a student and a first author on a selected presentation and wish to be considered for a student award, select the appropriate field on the abstract submission form.

There will be two student awards: the Bultz Best Student Oral Presentation Award and the Bultz Best Student Poster Presentations. Competition is open to full and part time students. Students must be a member of CAPO to be considered for the award. Winners will be announced at the meeting.

For questions regarding the abstract submission process please contact the CAPO office at