The abstract submission for the 19th German Congress on Health Services Research is open. Use your chance to actively participate in the congress with your Abstract!

Extended Deadline for the abstract submission

We have extended the abstract submission till April 29, 2020! Use your chance to submit your abstracts for the 19th German Congress for Health Services Research.

For any questions please contact

Tina Streitberger
Telefon: +49 3643 2468-169
E-Mail: dkvf@kukm.de

Please follow the following guidelines for your abstract:

Submission deadline/notification

We have extended the abstract submission till April 29, 2020!
Notification of the abstract’s acceptance or rejection will be sent to the corresponding author by mid-July.

Scope, content

The maximum length of an abstract is 2,800 characters (without spaces). Modifications of submitted abstracts are possible until 31 July 2020 and should be send to the congress agency KUKM (dkvf@kukm.de).

Guideline for submission of abstracts

The abstract must be organized under the following headings:

  • Title
  • Background and current state of (inter)national research
  • Research questions and objectives
  • Methods or hypothesis
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Practical implications

Description of methods shall include study design, data collection and analysis.

Due to an anonymous review process, the abstract must not contain author names or the names of organisations (and their location) to which authors are affiliated.

Terms and conditions

An abstract can only be submitted for one of the following categories:

  1. Ongoing or completed research projects: Research results are available and are presented (together with methods and research design).
  2. Research projects in the conception or initial phase: In particular research including research methods (design, data collection and analysis) will be presented. A discussion of expected outcomes shall be included.

The presenter must be named first and is responsible for compliance with the ethical rules. Any conflicts of interest must be highlighted during the presentation at the congress.

Review process and criteria

Each abstract will be reviewed anonymously by several reviewers and scored on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Relevance and reference to (international) health services research and health service provision: The subject is appropriate to health services research, innovative and relevant for health service design and planning. The current state of (international) research will be considered.
  • Scientific originality: The study contributes to the gain in knowledge in health services research.
  • Methodological quality: Methods, research design and data used are clearly and sufficiently described.
  • Abstracts must meet all requirements of the outlined guideline.
  • In the abstract it should be made clear to which of the categories (ongoing/completed research projects or research projects in the conception/initial phase) and topics the research belongs.

Congress scholarships for young researchers

The DNVF awards three congress scholarships to junior researchers, which covers free entrance for the entire congress. Students, PhD students and doctoral candidates who submit an abstract may apply for the scholarship during the abstract submission period. In addition to the abstract, a CV and a cover letter outlining the reasons for attending the congress must be submitted as a PDF (to the congress agency KUKM (dkvf@kukm.de). A committee made up of members from the DNVF e.V. (working group for promotion of young talents) and/or the Program Commission will award the scholarships based on the review results. The congress scholarship holders must agree that their names and pictures will appear on the congress homepage.

Abstracts for Science Slam

This format appeals to researchers in the field of health services research who would like to present their research in a different format. In a Science Slam session, each participant presents their scientific work in a three-minute slam and may use any kind of supporting materials to convince the audience. The Science Slam aims to present research work in a different format than the usual scientific presentation. The audience will act as the jury and select winners at the end of the Science Slam.

Prizes will be awarded to the three best slammers. Applicants can submit either current work (even if no results are available yet) or already completed work. Abstract submissions for the Science Slam must follow the same guideline as abstracts for oral presentations/posters.


Abstracts, presentations and posters may be submitted and presented in German or English. We welcome submissions and contributions in English. At this year’s DKVF congress, for the first time there will be a series of sessions with oral presentations throughout the entire congress with exclusively English-language contributions.

Poster or lecture

The applicants may select their preferred method of presentation (oral or poster). The reviewer committee will determine the final presentation format(s) upon acceptance of the abstract.


The use of special text formatting in the abstract should be minimized. It cannot be guaranteed that special formatting will correctly appear in all output media (see “Publications”).


With the submission of an abstract, the author grants the organisers the right to publish the abstract on this website: www.egms.de.

In case your project receives funding, please indicate the source of funding during abstract submission:

  • German Innovation Fund / Health Services Research
  • German Innovation Fund / Innovative models of care service provision
  • DFG Young Investigators Academy Health Services Research
  • BMBF Structural Funding of Health Services Research
  • BMBF Structural Funding of Health Services Research / Junior Research Groups
  • Individual funding (BMG, DRV, BMBF, DFG, etc.)
  • EU funding
  • Other


We invite researchers to submit an abstract related to one of the following congress topics, which may be from a country, regional, or global perspective. Submissions from international research and/or collaborations are highly encouraged.

Compare health care internationally

  • Objectives of health care systems and health care provision: Accessibility, quality, efficiency etc.
  • Health System Performance Assessment: Data, methods and results
  • Health services research of regional disparities
  • Building blocks of care: outpatient, inpatient, cross-sectoral in an international comparison
  • Care management (e.g. via payment) in international comparison
  • Evaluation of care provided by patients and citizens

Improve health care

  • From Performance Assessment to a health care reform target
  • From reform objective to implementation
  • Access, quality and efficiency-oriented reforms: expectations and reality
  • Centres for Health Economics Research and the German Innovation Fund: Contributions to access, quality, efficiency?
  • Digitalisation: Improvement of health care service provision?

Further topics

  • Methods and theories of health services research
  • Patient Centeredness / Patient-Reported Outcomes
  • Quality and patient safety
  • Health services research in training and further education
  • Scientific communication and visualisation of research results
  • Data for health services research: what are the benefits of the General Data Protection Regulation and/or the German Digital Healthcare Act?
  • Free Topics