ISDM - Call for Abstracts
5th International Shared Decision Making Conference


Sunday, June 14, 2009 - Wednesday, June 17, 2009
The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel
Boston, MA


The deadlines to enter new abstracts and to edit existing abstracts have been reached.

The abstract submission process for ISDM 2009 will be fully electronic, and all abstract submissions must be made through the online abstract system. All abstracts are limited to 350 words and must be submitted and presented in English.

Abstracts that pertain to shared decision-making (SDM) for poster presentations, oral presentations, symposia, workshops, and the exhibition are welcome. In particular, we are interested in research in the following categories:

  • Communication and SDM
  • Cross-cultural adoption and dissemination of patient decision aids (PtDAs) and decision support
  • Effectiveness of SDM and PtDAs
  • Internet/interactive decision support tools
  • Medical education and SDM
  • Measurement of process and outcomes for SDM and PtDAs
  • Patient preferences, value concordance, or consistency
  • SDM and evidence based medicine
  • SDM and PtDAs in clinical practice
  • SDM and PtDAs in special populations (e.g. surrogates, end-of-life, and underserved)
  • Translation of SDM research from "lab" to bedside

Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to present their work at the ISDM 2009 Meeting, June 14-17, 2009, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Accepted abstracts will be published in the meeting program. We look forward to your submissions, and we'll see you in Boston!

Preferred Presentation Formats

Oral Presentation

  • Oral presentations of original research or implementation/evaluation strategies.
  • Each oral presentation will be part of a moderated 90-minute session; presentations will be grouped by abstract topic.
  • Each oral presentation will be 10 minutes long.
  • Question-and-answer period will occur after presentations.
  • Submissions should follow either the research or implementation format described here


  • Poster Sessions will allow meeting participants to view research/project findings and interact with poster authors.
  • Visual presentation with charts, graphs, photos, drawings and/or text that describe the research/project
  • Presenter must be available to speak with meeting participants during a scheduled poster session
  • Submissions should follow either the research or implementation format described here


  • The total length of each symposium will be 90 minutes and may include up to 4 individual presentations about a common subject.
  • The format of each symposium can vary at the session chairperson's discretion (i.e., 1-2 presenters with 30 minutes of discussion; 4 presenters with less time for discussion).
  • The session chairperson should submit the following information:
    • Symposium title
    • Session chairperson's name and affiliation
    • Number of individual talks to be included in the symposium
    • Name and affiliation of each presenter
    • Abstracts from each presenter following either the research or implementation format described here .


  • Workshops are interactive 90 minute sessions that explore issues in depth.
  • The format of each workshop can vary at the workshop chairperson's discretion, but it is expected to be instructive, skill building, and interactive.
  • The workshop chairperson should submit the following information:
    • Workshop title
    • Workshop chairperson's name and affiliation
    • Name of co-presenters and affiliations
    • Overall aim of the workshop
    • Description of the workshop
    • Learning objectives to be covered in workshop
    • Pre-requisite knowledge or other requirements for attendees


  • The exhibition will showcase decision support materials from around the world, allowing research groups and other decision support developers to share their work in the form of informational booklets, training manuals, interactive audio-visual materials, etc.
  • Each exhibitor will be provided with a table and electrical outlet to plug in computers.
  • Each exhibitor should submit the following information:
    • name and affiliation of exhibitor
    • Name of decision support material
    • Short description of decision support material

Submissions Closed

Once you have submitted the title of your presentation you will automatically receive an email that includes a password-protected hyperlink. If you must interrupt the submission process before finishing it, you can resume at any time by clicking on the hyperlink in that email. For help in submitting an abstract online, e-mail technical support.

Abstract submissions and revisions are no longer being accepted.

But you can still view your abstract. If you can find the confirming email mentioned above (from then you will have found a direct link to your submission. If you remember the abstract ID# and password, enter those codes below.

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If you have already made a submission -- and you wish to resume, edit, or withdraw that submission -- you can do so online up until the submission deadline. You can view your submission even after the deadline. If you can find the confirming email mentioned above (from then you will have found a direct link to your submission. If you remember the submission ID# and password, enter those codes below.

Oral & Poster Submissions:
Abstract ID#        Password     

Exhibit, Symposium, and Workshop Submissions:
Session ID#        Password     

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