A short article on writing abstracts for conferences is covered

What is the point of an abstract?

Writing abstracts are usually thought to be reserved for professional scientific papers. When it comes to talks we will need to provide an abstract. This is to writers called a ‘blurb’. The selling yourself for selection, if you want to put it crudely. In this article ‘abstracts for conferences’ I have used an example from a talk I gave covering Morton’s Neuroma in March 2019. Click the blue link to read more.

If you are chosen to give a plenary talk you might be able to consider writing a summary later on, but don’t count on it. Either way it will be necessary to put pen to paper. You can read my abstract below used in my talk given which had to be timed at 10 minutes.

It is important to try to make your content interesting and engaging in order to capture the reader’s attention. First of all you will need to impress those who make the decisions. This group includes the conference organisers and selection panel. Secondly, if there is choice at a conference, then you will want to drive delegates to your talk. As the abstract is professional any social comments you desire are not easy to slip in. And, as the talk is governed by time constraints the abstract is limited to word count which can be anywhere from 100-500 words.

Do remember that you do not have to give away all the information in your abstract for conferences, keep something back. The abstract below was around 200 words (212). 


The Author (2019)

The Original Abstract

Aim: This presentation challenges some of the strongly held beliefs of the past by using evidence gathered nearly a quarter of a century ago and re-appraising it with modern evidence. The podiatric surgical community can empower better podiatric intervention.

Method: Staging treatment has been proposed as an effective method of managing Morton’s neuroma. The value of ultrasound, however, has been shown more reliable as recent studies have shown the impact on effectiveness and timely intervention.

Discussion with results: The use of clinical examination is considered 90-96% sensitive as a reliable test without the need for ultrasound or MRI. Seventy-nine percent of patients might be cured with conservative care. The failure of podiatric integration appears to be the black box learning mediator. Earlier podiatric management should be promoted to avert surgical intervention and improve statistics. Even with surgery the ideal outcome is not assured and is based on duration, patient attitudes, response to healing, aetiology, and extent of pathology.

Outcome: Reappraisal is vital to limit recurrence, a need to reduce active surgery, evaluate other methods and provide a better education for podiatric integration and Interprofessional cooperation. The time is right to move attitudes through evidence and patient case experience. For podiatric surgeons, there is now a need to be clearer when intervention is required.

Material to support public speaking & PowerPoint

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The second book is geared toward PowerPoint and acts as both a guide to using PowerPoint as well as building your slide show and is called Thinking as we Build (AMAZON)

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Thanks for reading Abstracts for Conferences by David R Tollafield published as part of reflective practice by Busypencilcase Reflective Communications Est. 2015