Research Poster Abstract Submission In Accordance With The First National Conference On Quality Use Of Medicines 2013

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Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Abstracts for Poster presentation can be submitted along the following themes:

  • Home Medication Review
  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • National Medicine Policy
  • Pharmacy enforcement
  • Generic medicines
  • Medication safety

The deadline for the submission of abstract is 1st May 2013.  

All abstracts are to be submitted online using the link provided ( No email submission of abstracts will be entertained.

Please follow the following guidelines while submitting abstract:

Research Poster Abstract Submission

General Information

  • All research abstract submission must be in English.
  • All research abstracts must not promote any commercial products or services.
  • Expenses associated with the submission and presentation of an abstract are the responsibility of the presenter or their organization.
  • Conference registration is required for all presenters.
  • The research abstracts excluding title and author information, should be no longer than 300 words.


Example Abstract:

Self-medication practices among adult population attending community pharmacies in Malaysia: an exploratory study

Hassali MA 1, Shafie AA2, Saleem F3

1Associate Professor and Deputy Dean, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia

2Associate Professor and Programme Chair, Discipline of Social and Administrative Pharmacy, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia

3PhD Candidate, Discipline of Social and Administrative Pharmacy, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia

Objective: To assess the prevalence of selfmedication among adults in an urban setting and to identify any factors contributing to self-medication in relation to consumer characteristics.                                      

Setting: The study was carried out in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.

Methods: A cross-sectional study using a self administered questionnaire including adults above 21 years old as an exit survey was conducted in Kuala Lumpur.

Main outcome measures: Number of medications taken in a day by participants, source of medication for the treatment of minor illnesses among participants, common illnesses chosen for selfmedication by participants, and the sources of information of participants.

Results:  Of 314 participants, 62.7% had taken at least one medication in the past week without prescription and 62.7% believed that over the counter medicines were just as effective as those prescribed by doctors. 69.4% would seek a healthcare professional’s advice before purchasing any medication and 86.9% would consult a pharmacist prior to buying medication from the pharmacy. Only 86% checked the expiry dates on medications and 54.5% reported keeping leftover medication.

Conclusions:  Self-medication practice is prevalent in Kuala Lumpur but some practice might be harmful. Education on appropriate use of self-medication need to be emphasized in order to ensure quality use of medicines.

Keywords:  Adults, Pharmacist, Self-medication

Poster Guidelines

How should posters be constructed?

Total poster size should not exceed 841 millimetres wide x 1189 millimetres high (AO size). POSTERS LARGER THAN THIS SIZE CANNOT BE ACCOMMODATED.

Posters should be prepared in portrait format. While it is recommended that the poster be prepared on a single page, other presentation formats are acceptable so long as the total contents of the poster will fit within the allocated space on the poster board.

Velcro adhesive will be available at the conference registration desk to fix your poster to the numbered poster board.

What should a poster contain?

The poster should have a title banner that includes the study title, names and affiliations of authors.

The poster should present a concise summary of your study and should include:

  • Introduction/background
  • Objectives/study questions
  • Design/setting
  • Methods (if study is an intervention, describe how it was carried out)
  • Results (including charts and graphs)
  • Implications/conclusions
  • Funding source(s).

You do not need to include your abstract on the poster.

What fonts and colours should be used on the poster?

Use large fonts to make your poster more readable. The following font sizes are recommended:

Title Bar: 42-48 point bold, title of study in all capitals.

Headers: 30-36 point bold (for example, Introduction, or Objectives).

Body Text: at least 20 point (should be able to read from a distance of 2 metres).

Black or dark blue text on white will be easiest to read.

Visually appealing materials (photographs, maps, graphs, etc.) will make the poster more attractive, and they should be included to complement the text of your poster.