The Palliative Care Congress (PCC) is a biennial conference co-hosted by The Association for Palliative Medicine (APM) and The Palliative Care Research Society (PCRS). Each year there are a number of poster presentations, but currently there is no objective measure of the scientific content of this. Establishing the proportion of posters that progress to publication in peer-reviewed journals is one possible measure. The publication rate reported by other European medical societies ranges from 10% to 70% (median 42%). This is the first study to measure the publication rate of poster presentations at a palliative care meeting.
Aim To establish what proportion of the posters presented in the PCC progress to publication in peer reviewed journals, and to compare the results with the publication rate of other European medical societies.
Method All posters presented from 2002 to 2008 were included. Posters from 2010 were not considered as sufficient time for publication was not considered to have elapsed. MEDLINE, Pub Med, Google Scholar, Embase and HighWire were searched to look for peer-reviewed papers generated from each abstract. Search terms used included each author's name and key words of the abstract title.
Results Over the four congresses studied, a total of 204 posters were presented, with 72 of these progressing to peer reviewed publication (35%). Publication rate ranged from 26% in 2002 to 40% in 2006 and 2008. Publication was across a range of journals, with the majority appearing in palliative care and pain medicine literature.
Conclusions The PCC is generating poster abstracts of comparable academic value to other specialist societies throughout Europe. Using this method of analysing objectively, the publication rate may be a useful way of providing feedback to the specialist interest groups of the PCC as a way of incentivising research areas.
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