Call for Abstracts for Presentation at the SED CSM 2018


The SED CSM Committee invites abstracts for poster presentations with the categories of Research, Special Interest and Case Reports at the SED CSM to be held at Jefferson University April 14, 2018. Abstracts which have been submitted or presented at other conferences may be presented to the SED committee.


The closing date for the submission of abstracts is March 14, 2018. Submit abstracts as described below to via email to:  Bryan Spinelli


Submission Instructions:

  1. Email one file in Microsoft word format with the complete abstract with all identifying information as outlined below.  This file title should include the author’s last name.

  2. The submitting author must be the presenting author. Correspondence will be with the presenting author only. The presenting author does not have to be the first named author listed on the abstract.


Format Instructions:

  • Typed, double spaced, 12 point font (preferably Ariel or Times New Roman) on one 8½” x 11” page with a 1” margin on all sides. Limit the word count to 500 words not including title and authors.
  • Identifying information must be single-spaced in the 1” top margin and include:

   1) Title in all CAPITALIZED LETTERS

   2) Name(s) of the author(s) with the presenter’s name underlined

   3) Place where the work was completed

   4) Address of the presenter (enclosed in parentheses)

   5) Acknowledgement of any financial support for the work being presented


  • In the lower left margin, indicate the email address of the presenter.


  • In the lower right margin, indicate the category of your abstract (Research, Special Interest or Case Report)


Category Descriptions


Research reports are presentations of original scientific data collected by the authors. Submissions with pending results will not be accepted. Any established research approach, design or method will be welcomed. Abstract format for research abstracts: Purpose/Hypothesis, Materials/Methods, Results, Conclusions, Clinical Relevance. 


Special interest reports include presentations of new services, programs or theories and descriptions of innovative ways in which established methods have been adapted to meet the needs of physical therapy practice, management, education or policy. Reports concerned with the organization, regulation or management of physical therapy services, education, research development and service delivery will be considered in this category. Abstract format for special interest reports: Purpose, Relevance, Description of project/initiative/topic, Evaluation or Relevance, Conclusion/Implications

Case report abstracts include the application of physical therapy examination or interventions to improve or document patient outcomes. Small subject sets or case series may be included in this category. Abstract format for case report abstracts:  Background and Purpose, Case Description, Outcomes, Discussion (includes Clinical Relevance)

Presentation Format


  • Poster Presentation: Posters are reports summarizing information using brief written statements and graphic materials, such as graphs, charts, figures and photographs mounted on a poster board, the dimensions of which must not exceed the allocated space per poster (the size/type board will be provided at the time of acceptance). Presenters are requested to be at their poster for discussion with conference participants between 12:15 – 1:30. 

Abstracts for poster presentation will be peer reviewed by committee. All applicants will be notified of the outcome no later than March 21, 2018.

General Information


  1. In keeping with PPTA’s policy, honorarium, fee or payment of expenses will not be provided for poster presenters. Only individuals registering for the conference may receive continuing education credit for attending approved SED educational sessions.

  2. Abstracts should address the current evidence, where it exists, the need for further research, and areas of controversy in the literature. Any reference to personal experience or hypotheses should be clearly labeled as such.

  3. All presentations must adhere to the use of “people-first” language. A person must not be referred to by disability or condition, and terms that could be considered biasing or discriminatory in any way should be removed (e.g. “person with a stroke” instead of “stroke patients”).

  4. Any source of funding or support for the work being presented should be acknowledged.

  5. Presenters are responsible for providing all copyright permissions and securing appropriate ethics review.

  6. Poster presenters should bring supplies for mounting their posters.  Poster boards will be provided on site.

  7. Presenters SHOULD NOT use these sessions for marketing opportunities for new products, equipment or organizations, nor to use the presentation time to refute or denigrate competitors’ products.

  8. All decisions of the SED steering Committee are final.