Individual Abstracts

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Thank you to all who submitted abstracts; 785 research abstracts and 460 program abstracts were submitted and reviewed. All authors have been notified of their acceptance status.

All accepted abstracts submissions should be updated so all information (e.g., title and authors) appears as the authors wish them to be printed in the conference program.
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The abstract submission deadline was  May 1, 2013

The Conference organizers invited abstracts on cutting edge research and program results directed at enabling individuals in the world, especially in low-income areas, to achieve their contraceptive and reproductive intentions.  Of particular interest were abstracts on research demonstrating how family planning benefits and advances the health and wealth of people and nations and on high impact or best practices of family planning programs and service delivery models.  Abstracts using strong scientific/evaluation methods were given priority in the review and acceptance process.

Below were topics of special interest.  Abstracts with a focus that did not easily fit one of these were be considered using the “Other topics” category on the form.

1 Family planning practice
Patterns and trends in contraceptive use and method mix
Contraceptive continuation/failure
Use of long‐acting methods, emergency contraception, female condoms
Cultural and behavioral barriers to use

2 Family planning policy
Frameworks: Post MDG, ICPD and beyond, FP2020
PMA and transparency in FP2020
Strategies for contraceptive security
Leadership development

3 Family planning, rights and empowerment
Contraceptive choice
Human rights

4 Effective family planning programs
Essential dimensions of equity, cost, quality, scale and access
Scaling up
FP acceptability (social norms, perceptions, beliefs)
Translating FP research into action
Demand and supply side interventions
Health communications
Trained workforce
Health systems strengthening
High‐impact practices

5 Contraceptive financing
Performance‐based financing, health insurance models
Budget monitoring and costing FP
Expanding private sector participation

6 Family planning and adolescents
Youth‐oriented service delivery innovations and models
Developing youth leaders
FP use by youth (acceptability, use and continuation)

7 Innovations in contraceptive service delivery
Community‐based models
Task shifting
mHealth and information technology applications
Supply chain management
Total market approach
Postpartum family planning

8 Family planning and sustainable development
Socioeconomic impacts of FP
Demographic dividend
Gender equality

9 Health benefits of family planning
FP for people living with HIV
FP and maternal and child survival
Gender‐based violence
Birthspacing and the 1000‐day window for child development

10 Contraceptive technology updates
Male contraceptive methods
Multi‐purpose prevention technologies

11 Integrating family planning services
Child health services
Maternal health care
Sexual health services (HIV, PMTCT, STI, cervical cancer)
Education, environment, agriculture, sports and other sectors

12 Family planning and abortion
Post‐abortion FP
Unsafe abortion

13 Family planning for underserved or vulnerable populations
Men, displaced/refugee, persons with disabilities, older persons

14 Innovations in family planning monitoring, evaluation and research
Health management information systems and indicators
Evolution of population‐based surveys
Empowering decisionmakers with data
Impact assessment methods

15 Other
The language of family planning
Late‐breaking results

Individual Abstract Submission
Individual abstracts addressed a) research findings or b) effective program practices.  Each were no longer than 800 words in length and followed their respective outlines below.  Individuals submitting abstracts were to ensure they provide sufficient detail for external reviewers to evaluate their work.

Outline for Abstracts

Research abstract Program/Best Practice abstract
1.  Significance/background (200 words, 10% margin of error)
2.  Main question/hypothesis (200 words, 10% margin of error)
3.  Methodology (location, study design, data source, time frame, sample size, analysis approach) (200 words, 25% margin or error)
4.  Results/key findings (200 words, 25% margin of error)
5.  Knowledge contribution (no word count)
1.  Significance/background (200 words, 10% margin of error)
2.  Program intervention/activity tested (200 words, 10% margin of error)
3.  Methodology (location, setting, data source, time frame, intended beneficiaries, participant size, evaluation approach) (200 words, 25% margin or error)
4.  Results/key findings (200 words, 25% margin of error)
5.  Program implications/lessons (no word count)

Evaluation Criteria
1.  Originality – Contains significant new findings
2.  Quality – Significantly advances evidence base for addressing family planning needs
3.  Importance – Directly addresses key themes for conference
4.  Presentation – Clearly presents material according to outline (with headings)

*Abstracts were submitted in English or French by May 1, 2013. Submitters received an e-mail acknowledging receipt. The corresponding author have been notified regarding abstract decisions.

Individual Abstract Submission Instructions_English
Individual Abstract Submission Instructions_French

If unable to submit online, authors completed the below form and emailed the form along with their submission to, [email protected]
Individual Abstract Submission Form_English
Individual Abstract Submission Form_French

Note: persons with accepted presentations, either as individuals or on panels, will be restricted in their appearance on the conference program to two times.  This is to provide opportunity for a broadened base of conferee participation. 

Conference Travel Support
Limited travel support is available. Only individuals whose abstracts are selected for oral presentation will be eligible to apply. Priority will be given to junior researchers.  Travel support application forms will be provided with notification letters.