Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are due by 11:59 PST, February 4, 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 33 rd 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 healthcare disciplines to explore,
share, learn and discuss the psychosocial aspects of cancer. Participants include researchers,
clinicians, educators from cancer centres and other medical centres, and community-based
organizations representing disciplines that include 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 and stages of disease ranging from
prevention and early diagnosis, to treatment and survivorship, to palliative and end-of-life care.
Submissions can be reports of observational and clinical trials, innovative programs and service
delivery models, clinical guidelines and best practice and local, regional and national
approaches to build capacity in research, education and clinical care.

Submit an Abstract Sample Abstracts




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, this format is best suited for
    recently started projects or projects (Clinical or Research) being contemplated. Abstract
    submission for rapid oral presentations should follow the prescribed clinical or research
    format. Abstracts should include 2 –3 questions for which the authors are seeking
  • 20-minute individual oral presentation – 20 presentations are best suited for
    completed work. Abstract submission for clinical or research presentations is welcome.
    Presenters should plan for 15-minute presentations and 5 minutes for Q and A.
  • 90-minute symposium – 90-minute symposiums consist of 3 to 5 oral theme focused abstract
    presentations facilitated by a moderator and discussant. Abstract submission for clinical
    or research presentations is 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…). Presenter(s) have to have demonstrated expertise in the content they will cover.

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 the 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
  • Outcomes
  • Discussion (lessons learned, future direction).

Research Abstracts:
The research streams refer 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
  • Contribute to new knowledge
  • Include evidence-based content


All individuals submitting abstracts will be notified of acceptance by email to the account you
entered on 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

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