26th Annual National Family Practitioners Congress

7 – 8 September 2024 | Protea Breakwater Lodge (UBS | UCT)

Call for Abstracts

SAAFP Congress 2024 will focus on:  “Family Medicine strengthens PHC – creating opportunities from adversity”

The following sub-themes have been identified:

  • Strengthening comprehensive primary healthcare from the perspectives of person-centred and population health for all contexts – disease surveillance, health promotion and preventative services, as well as rehabilitative and palliative care.
  • Sustainable quality improvement, to strengthening PHC, reducing risk and improving clinical outcomes.
  • The economics of PHC – optimising financial, intellectual, and social capital
  • The people of PHC: capacity building, interdisciplinarity, teamwork and resilience
  • Embracing digital solutions, health entrepreneurship and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) to augment the provision of high-quality PHC.

Who should submit?

All medical students, medical practitioners, registrars, and members of the SAAFP are invited to submit abstracts of their scientific research to be considered for a poster/oral presentation at the 2024 National SAAFP Congress.

Approval process

The conference’s scientific committee will review abstracts submitted for selection to present a poster or do an oral presentation. In addition, the best poster and the best oral presentation will be given a prize.

How to prepare your abstract

Abstracts using 250 words only should be submitted in line with the themes and sub-themes identified and should be structured as follows:

Background: indicate the purpose and objective of the research, the tested hypothesis or a description of the problem being analyzed or evaluated.

Methods: describe the study period/setting/location, study design, study population, data collection and methods of analysis used.

Results: present as clearly and as much in detail as possible the findings/outcome of the study, please summarize any specific results.

Conclusions: explain the significance of your findings/outcomes of the study for prevention, treatment, care and/ or support, and the future implications of the results.

The following review criteria will be used:

  •  Is there a clear background and justified objective?
  •  Is the methodology/study design appropriate for the objectives?
  •  Are the results important and clearly presented?
  •  Do the results support the conclusions?
  •  Is the study original, and does it contribute to the overall theme?

The conference aims to be carbon-neutral, and all posters will be presented as ePosters.

Scientific Committee:

Prof. Gert Marincowitz

Dr Riha Mukhinidi

Prof Hanneke Brits

Dr Tebogo Thaba

Dr James Porter

Prof Andre Ross

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