1. Reach a Unique Audience
The IPCRG meeting has a unique audience of respiratory-interested primary and community care academics, teachers, and clinical leaders from low, middle and high income countries.
2. Receive robust review from primary care
Peer review is an important part of any research project. You will have time to present your findings and receive feedback from your peers in an intellectually robust but friendly atmosphere.
3. Choice of oral presentation or printed poster
We aim to give as many people as possible a chance to present their findings orally. However, for those who prefer posters or lack confidence e.g. in speaking in English, there are poster options. These would still require a short oral statement.
4. Substantial scope: include multi-morbidity
As a primary care conference with a focus on respiratory care, we welcome submissions on respiratory symptoms e.g. breathlessness, wheeze and cough, whatever their cause(s); tobacco dependence and its impacts, air pollution and its impacts and also the relationship with mental health.
5. Multi-professional scope
We welcome submissions from nurses, therapists, pharmacists and patients as well as family physicians, paediatricians and pulmonologists.
6. Not just clinical research findings but research ideas and implementation studies too
We accept three categories of submission:
• Clinical Research Results (that must include a hypothesis, method and data and be relevant to our conference audience of predominantly primary care practitioners)
• Research Ideas on Respiratory Conditions and Tobacco Dependence (that have a title and proposed method but the author seeks feedback on the design)
• Implementation science/service development/improvement
Our abstract guide provides more detail: download here
7. Submit previously presented relevant research
Have you submitted an abstract to ERS or a national meeting? Previously presented research at a non-IPCRG conference is acceptable for submission because our audience is different from other respiratory or primary care conferences and so this is a chance to achieve our mission of getting research findings into the public domain. Please disclose that it has been previously presented. Following feedback from abstract submitters, we have increased the word count to give you more flexibility when submitting an abstract.
8. Linguistic and structural issues do not impede acceptance
Our philanthropic mission is to build primary care research capability, which is still an under-developed field. Therefore we aim to provide opportunities for new and inexperienced researchers to reach a wider audience and receive peer review that may be difficult in their own country. Our Abstract Committee is offering mentorship for authors whose first language is not English or who have no access to academic supervision.
9. Feedback and support offered for selected abstracts that are relevant but need improvement
The Abstract Committee has offered to help authors whose abstracts are relevant but need improvement before they can be accepted. This is particularly aimed at new researchers.