The Abstract submission deadline is now extended to February 20th, 2018 midnight CET. EHMA invites you to take the opportunity to showcase the latest knowledge and your solutions for healthcare policy implementation.

Please make sure to submit your abstract via the "Submit" button on this page. Only the abstracts submitted online will be considered. Before submitting, please read the guidelines in the file below.

The abstracts can be submitted within one of the following sub-themes:

Health workforce QUESTIONS:

1. What are the European health sectors and occupations that deal with the most urgent shortages of health personnel? How can we comparatively measure these shortages? How can we understand differences in these shortages between countries?

2. How can countries learn from each other’s policies to avoid and handle shortages in health workforce, short and long term, through planning, task shifting, recruitment and retention strategies?

3. How should we deal with regional and local differences and inequalities of health workforce imbalance within countries?

4. How are quantitative misfits (i.e. oversupply and undersupply of staff) and qualitative misfits (i.e. underutilization and poor-patient-centred health services) related? What does this imply for the modernization and innovation of lifelong health education training?
Best Practices in Clinical Process and Innovation Management QUESTIONS:

1. How do we identify and examine innovative best practices in clinical processes and health care systems when considering criteria, costs and benefits?

2. How do we transfer the best practices in process management from other hospitals and industries into successful results for our own institution?

3. What are typical outfalls and traps when identifying and transferring best practices from third party institutions?

4. How is best practice management and communication exchange related to the results of best practice between health care providers in Europe?
Good governance QUESTIONS:

1. What is good governance in healthcare? What do we know about good governance systems in healthcare? What don’t we know? And what should we know?  

2. Is there a preferred composition or structure of (executive/non-executive) boards of healthcare organizations?

3. How do we make healthcare organizations more accountable, transparent and responsive?

4. What steps and actions can help to develop effective governance schemes and engage politicians, citizens, clinicians and managers?
Patient-focused hospitals of the future QUESTIONS:

1. Patient-centred care is in the mission statement of every healthcare institution. How can we make it happen in real practice and daily life?

2. How can patients be involved in the governance and strategic decision making of a healthcare institution?

3. What can the health care industry learn from service industries? Are there differences, similarities, caveats and lessons to be learned?

4. How should we move from hospitals to virtual healthcare networks by and for patients and professionals?
Health & Social care interface QUESTIONS:

1. How do models of health and social care relate to each other in practices across Europe?

2. How can we study the outcome of these services in terms of quality of care and quality of life for various patient groups?

3. What are the benefits and consequences of organizing formal and informal networks of services?

4. Which governance issues arise from the development of service networks? What are its effects on patient and citizen empowerment?
eHealth & Big Data QUESTIONS:

1. How do we realize the benefits of big data in healthcare?

2. What are the major risks and patient confidentiality issues associated with the use of big data in healthcare?

3. How can the service user be put at the heart of the big data agenda?

4. How important is big data to the future of healthcare in Europe?
Primary Care QUESTIONS:

1. Which care levels participate in the development of the experience: solo practice / team / primary care and other providers / primary care and hospital / policy maker?

2. What is the degree of implication for different professional groups involved?

3. Is the experience “benchmarkable?” Can it be reproduced in other primary care settings?

4. Were patients and the community involved in the design of the experience?

Integrated Care QUESTIONS:

1. 'What works' when implementing integrated care programmes?

2. What evidence is available (or which evidence is needed) to make implementation of integrated care successful?

3. What is the best method of evaluating integrated care programmes?

4. How can we produce robust evidence and disseminate best practices of integrated care programmes?
Patient& Public involvement QUESTIONS:

1. What is the current level of patient and public involvement in healthcare decision-making in European countries?

2. What are the benefits of expanding patient and public involvement in healthcare choices and decision-making?

3. Does patient choice empower citizens and improve health systems? Or add to inequality in health care?

4. What are good examples of initiatives to increase patient and public involvement in health care on national, local and individual patient level?
Health Futures QUESTIONS:

1. A new concept, “designing” services for a specific need, is changing the way we approach healthcare. As a result of this concept of design, what cutting-edge improvements in the field of healthcare have emerged in different countries?

2. What were the driving forces, motivations or experiences within your country that inspired improvements and changes to healthcare?

3.What are the systematic changes that took place to reproduce similar results in other areas of healthcare?

4.After implementing changes to the healthcare system in your country, have there been any notable (positive or negative) global effects or developments?
Improvement Science QUESTIONS:

1. Interdisciplinary work: how can we work together across disciplines to address challenges in improvement science? What does this require in definitions, theories, methods and practical mechanisms of cooperation?

2. Measuring improvement: in the complex world of healthcare, how can we measure what matters for improvement? How can we align different perspectives of improvement, such as between patients, professionals and administrators?  

3. Supporting improvement: what are the mechanisms and tools that can support improvement? How can we generate evidence to better understand effective mechanisms for improvement?

4. Gaps and missing voices: what are the things that we don't know about improvement science, and how do we bring in missing voices? How can we relate improvement at the systematic level with improvement for individual patients and clinicians?
Mental health QUESTIONS:

1. What are the best strategies for involving patients and care-givers in mental health care?

2. How can effective interdisciplinary work support improvements in mental health services?

3. How is the demand for child and adolescent mental health care changing? How well are services responding to this change?

4. What role should prevention and early intervention play in effective mental healthcare?

1. State of Completion: The abstract must show substantial results indicating that the work has been, or is nearly completed.

2. Novelty: The abstract must show innovative information, cutting-edge results, or presents a new topic or application in the field of interest; it should be attractive and provocative for a discussion with the audience.

3. Advancement of field:The abstract should present a significant contribution to the field, and the authors must specify how the paper will contribute to the development of global knowledge.

4. Quality: The quality of an abstract will be considered indicative of the quality of the final presentation by the reviewers. Authors should prepare their abstracts with care, assuring that the reader will understand the background of the issue(s) and the objectives of the presentation. 

5. Relevance: Material presented in abstracts must be concise and coherent, with the focus of the abstract and its relevance to an international audience stated clearly. 

Abstracts are reviewed and selected by EHMA’s Scientific Advisory Committee and the EHMA Special Interest Group Chairs:

  • Prof. Federico Lega (Chair), Bocconi University, Italy
  • Dr. Ronald Batenburg, NIVEL, the Netherlands
  • Dr. Pia Maria Jonsson, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland
  • Prof. Dr. Kim Putters, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • Prof. Walter Sermeus, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Dr. Antoni Peris, CASAP, Spain
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Wilfried von Eiff, Centre for Hospital Management, Germany
  • Prof. Marius Buiting, NVTZ, the Netherlands
  • Dr. Axel Kaehne, Edge Hill University, UK
  • Prof. Mats Brommels, Medical Management Centre (MMC), Karolinska Institutet (PhD Abstracts review)
  • Dr. Usman Khan, EHMA Director
  • Mr. Anders Wahlstedt, EHMA President and a former CEO of Soerlandet Hospital HF, Norway and a Mental Health Specialist (Mental Health abstracts review)

Selected by the EHMA SAC, the best papers will have the opportunity to compete for a € 1.000 prize during a dedicated PhD Students' session at the EHMA 2018 Annual Conference. 

Candidates should be young researchers in the final phase of PhD studies or have recently completed a PhD. Only the PhD students may present the abstract (supervisor are not allowed to present the papers on behalf on their students). Abstracts do not have to be linked to the Conference Theme but must be associated with a doctoral thesis in the field of health policy and management. 


All notifications will be sent out mid-March 2018 and will inform you whether your abstract is accepted as an oral presentation or a poster. If you are not able to be present at the conference, but still would like to submit an abstract, please submit it as an E-poster. Please note the email address that you supply in the submitter details page will be the email address used to correspond the results of your submission. If you change email addresses during this time, please let us know so we can update the system.


We are pleased to launch the following awards: 

    • The Karolinska Medical Management Centre/EHMA Research Award - a 1000 EUR prize for the best PhD research
    • Best European Paper
    • Best non-European Paper
    • Best Presentation
    • Best poster

    Papers presented at EHMA 2018 Annual Conference are eligible for fast track acceptance to a special issue of Health Services Management Research (HSMR) Journal. HSMR is an authoritative international peer-reviewed journal which publishes theoretically and empirically rigorous research on questions of enduring interest to healthcare organizations and systems throughout the world.

    Following a pre-selection by EHMA’s SAC, entitled candidates will be notified. Selected authors will be asked to submit copy of the full paper according to the HSMR Guideline.
    If you do not want your paper to be pre-selected, please remember not to tick the box when expressively asked by the Submission System.

    The Abstract guidelines can be found here