Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts is now closed

Thank you to everyone who has submitted their abstract

Why submit an abstract?

By submitting an abstract for the International Forum in New Delhi,  you will not only have the chance to promote your improvement work via a poster display but you could also be invited to speak during our main conference programme.

This is a unique opportunity to showcase your work in quality, value and safety of care to 1,000 colleagues and increase the visibility of the improvement work that is already taking place in South Asia.

By submitting an abstract, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Speak at the International Forum and orally present your project to colleagues 
  • Secure a poster display that will be seen by attendees at the International Forum 
  • Get your abstract included in the International Forum Conference Proceedings
  • Receive a certificate of acknowledgment for presenting your poster
  • Showcase your achievements and demonstrate ideas that work and can be adapted by others
  • Communicate your organisation’s work and share successes
  • Start conversations and collaborations with teams across the region
  • Build your profile by presenting your work at a prestigious IHI/BMJ event

Abstract topics

We have eight topics that you can submit your abstract to. If you are displaying a poster, then it will be displayed by the topic or theme you select during the abstract submission process. 


One of the biggest challenges facing the global quality movement is limiting the harm caused by medical error. Abstracts in this stream should consider innovative ways to tackle this issue, considering how we prevent adverse events through advances in technology, process and human factors training. We’re also looking for approaches that analyse what goes well (frequent events) in order to create a system that is able to adapt to shifting and unexpected conditions without a reduction in quality of care.

Quality, Cost, Value

More care is not always better; overtesting and overprescribing can lead to a worse outcome for the patient and an intolerable strain on the healthcare system. Abstracts in this stream should consider how to improve efficiency of care by creating new models, process improvements or pathways that are focussed on what matters most to the patient.

Person and Family-Centred Care

A core value of the quality improvement movement is moving from a place where healthcare is provided to the patient, to a collaborative space where patients have agency over the design, process and outcomes from their care. Abstracts in this stream should consider how we keep the patient at the heart of healthcare, the value of co-designing projects with service users, and the benefits of patients taking the lead in improving lives for their communities.

Population and Public Health

The quality improvement movement recognises that to improve outcomes for a population we need to promote health as well as prevent illness, and ensure everyone has equal access to care. Abstracts in this stream should look at innovative approaches to improving health outcomes on a national scale, as well as how new approaches can reach the most vulnerable people in our communities.

Leadership and Culture for Change

To implement a new revolution in quality of care, organisations need to empower individuals at every level to be agents for change. Abstracts in this stream should consider how we can disseminate learning and knowledge, build networks, optimise teams and scale up ideas from individual projects to national programmes.

Building Capability through Improvement Methods

Any successful quality improvement strategy needs to be underpinned by a robust methodology and framework so that results can be measured, evaluated and shared. Abstracts in this stream should demonstrate successful examples how we take these ideas through to successful implementation.

Technology, Innovation and Data

New innovations in technology and data have the potential to transform the way we report, measure and deliver care to patients, but also carry implications for ethics and workforce. Abstracts in this stream should demonstrate the potential of harnessing the power of technology and data to improve efficiency and deliver better outcomes for patients.

Work in Progress

Most QI projects take a while to implement but you can still show the progress you are making and seek further guidance and inspiration from your peers. Abstracts in this stream should showcase the preliminary results of your project including your initial assessment of the problem, the methodology and design of the project and the current stage the work is at.

Notifying you

All notifications will be sent out in March 2020. Please note the email address that you supply in the Submitter Details page will be the email address used to correspond the results of your submission. If you change email addresses during this time, please let us know so we can update the system.

The Conference Proceedings

Displaying a poster in New Delhi will give authors the opportunity to be included in our collection of posters – the Conference Proceedings.

Alongside the opportunities to talk about your project during the conference, the Conference Proceedings is another way to increase the visibility of your work and share ideas that others can learn from.

The Conference Proceedings will be distributed digitally to all attendees of the International Forum and will also be shared on our website and social media channels to reach a wider audience.

See the Conference Proceedings from the most recent International Forum in Glasgow 2019