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Deadline to Submit: Friday, February 21, 2020

We invite you to submit your work to the 2020 ACH Healthcare Communication Research Forum (Forum), June 27-28, 2020 in Austin, TX. These guidelines will help you with the submission process for each category: scientific abstracts, workshops, and narrative medicine.

We welcome submissions related to communication and relationships in healthcare, including all health-related disciplines and health professions (nurses, physicians, pharmacists, social workers, therapists, counselors, community health workers, patients, social scientists, etc.). Presentations will be organized around the topic areas. When submitting your abstract or proposal, you will be asked to identify a key term from the list below corresponding to a primary theme and secondary theme (if relevant) to facilitate organization of presentations.

Deadline to Submit: Friday, February 21, 2020

 Submission Categories

Submission Category Themes

Research in Communication in Healthcare:
  • Basic Research
  • Applied Research
  • Research Methods & Methodology
  • Mixed Methods Research
  • Linguistics & Sociolinguistics
  • Health Economics

Health Equity, Social Justice & Health Disparities:

  • Health Equity & Social Justice
  • Health Disparities
  • Language Discordant Care & Interpreters
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Communication with/and Underserved Populations

Clinical Reasoning & Communication Skills:

  • Teaching Clinical Communication Skills
  • Assessing Clinical Communication Skills
  • Gathering Information/Clinical Reasoning
  • Giving Information

Shared Decision-Making, Decision Support & Decision Aids:

  • Shared Decision Making
  • Decision Support
  • Decision Aids
Clinical Practice:
  • Knowledge Translation & Implementation Science
    (moving from research & evidence-based practices
    to routine health care system practice)
  • Team & Inter-professional/Interdisciplinary Communication

Health Literacy & Numeracy:

  • Health Literacy
  • Health Numeracy
Health Policy & Advocacy:
  • Evidence-based Policy Development
  • Health Policy
  • Economics of Communication Interventions
  • Advocacy & Engagement
  • Quality & Safety

Engagement & Patient, Caregiver & Social Network Perspectives:

  • Patient/Caregiver/Social Network Perspectives
  • Patient/Caregiver/Social Network Participation & Empowerment
  • Experiences of Health & Illness

Specific Topics in Communication in Healthcare:

  • Ethics & Ethical Issues
  • Professionalism
  • Health Behavior Change
  • Psychophysiology
  • Health & Medical Humanities
  • Narrative Medicine
  • Empathy & Emotion
  • Risk Communication
  • Simulation

Communication Technology:

  • E-learning
  • Serious Gaming
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Social Media & Internet