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Poster Competition Sample Research Abstract

Bryan J. Donald, Executive Consultant

RESEARCH Abstracts must be organized using the following format:

  • Title (upper-case letters) maximum 60 characters
  • Author(s) (upper and lower-case letters) who have significantly contributed to the work
    • Presenting author must be listed first
    • For each author, include first and second initials and last name
    • Include titles after each person's name, separated with commas
  • Affiliation(s)
    • List institution(s) where work was performed.  Present affiliation information and select which author(s) is/are affiliated with each institution.
    • Affiliations are on the page after authors are listed.
  • Purpose
    • Explain the importance of the research or activity to include objectives, goals, and purpose.
  • Design Methods
    • Briefly explain the procedure and strategy used to gather the information presented
  • Results/Expected Results
    • What did you find when you performed the analysis of the information presented?
  • Discussion/Conclusion
    • How does the result address the hypothesis?
    • How do the reported findings contribute to the knowledge in the respective field?
  • Mention of Grant Support (where applicable)
    • Authors are encouraged to acknowledge grant support for work

EXAMPLE

USE OF PICTORAL AIDS TO IMPROVE ADHERENCE IN LOW LITERACY

KP Lewis, PharmD, CACP, BCACP, CPP1,2
1. Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; 2. Southern Regional Area Health Education Center

PURPOSE

Medication adherence and patient education are of utter importance in the management of disease states; an importan aspect of medication adherence is health literacy.  Conveying information to improve adherence to patients who have low literacy levels is a challenge.  This study was conoducted to assess the improvements in clinical outcomes, medication adherence and patient satisfaction with the use of a pill box using pictorial aids.

METHODS

Patient literacy level assessed by the library staff and physician, then referred to pharmacy for education on disease states (diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia) and importance of adhering to medications as prescribed.  A usual pill box was modified for the patient using pictorial aids.  Patient's blood pressure, blood sugar averages will be assessed at baseline and weeks 2, 4, 8, and 12.  Patient satisfaction will be assessed at week 12.  Medication adherence is assessed via pill counts at each visit.

RESULTS

Patient's blood pressure and fasting blood sugar was lower at weeks 2 and 4 compared to baseline.  It It is expected that the patient's blood pressure and blood sugars will remain lower than baseline with continued adherence.  It is also expected that the patient will still be using and will be satisfied with the modified pill box at the 12-week period.

DISCUSSION

Modification of "conventional" educational methods and appropriate education can effectively improve a patient's medication adherence.  This, in turn, ultimately improves outcomes.  This process can hopefully be expanded to others with low health literacy or other literacy issues.

FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES

Nothing to disclose

April 20, 2018