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Call for Abstracts, Workshops, Symposia, Research in Progress, and Creative Arts

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Submissions are no longer being accepted for ICCH 2021

The 19th International Conference on Communication in Healthcare 2021 will feature research, teaching, and policy/practice innovations in communication in healthcare. We would like to invite you to submit scientific abstracts and proposals for workshops, symposia, and creative arts. ICCH aims to create a learning community that fosters scholarship and interprofessional collaboration to advance knowledge and innovation in communication in healthcare and relationship-centered care. We welcome submissions including all health disciplines and health professions (nurses, physicians, pharmacists, social workers, therapists, counselors, community health workers, patients, social scientists, etc.).

NOTE: Given the evolving circumstances of the pandemic and potential travel restrictions the ICCH 2021 planning committee has decided to shift our planned in-person international conference from an in-person event to a fully virtual conference.

Presentations will be organized around the topic areas. When you start your submission, you will be asked to identify a key term from the list below corresponding to a primary topic area and secondary topic area (if relevant) to facilitate organization of presentations.  

Please CLICK HERE for detailed guidelines and selection criteria for scientific abstracts, workshops, symposia, research in progress, and creative arts submissions.


Submission Category Themes

Research in Communication in Healthcare


Health Equity, Social Justice & Health Disparities

  • Basic Research
  • Applied Research
  • Research Methods & Methodology
  • Mixed Methods Research
  • Linguistics & Sociolinguistics
  • Health Economics
  • Health Equity & Social Justice
  • Health Disparities
  • Language Discordant Care & Interpreters
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Communication with/and Underserved Populations

Clinical Reasoning & Communication Skills


Shared Decision-Making, Decision Support & Decision Aids

  • Teaching Clinical Communication Skills
  • Assessing Clinical Communication Skills
  • Gathering Information/Clinical Reasoning
  • Providing Information
  • Shared Decision Making
  • Decision Support
  • Decision Aids

Clinical Practice


Health Literacy & Numeracy

  • Knowledge Translation & Implementation Science (moving from research & evidence-based practices to routine health care system practice)
  • Team & Inter-professional/Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Health Literacy
  • Health Numeracy

Health Policy & Advocacy


Specific Topics in Communication in Healthcare

  • Evidence-based Policy Development
  • Health Policy
  • Economics of Communication Interventions
  • Advocacy & Engagement
  • Quality & Safety
  • Organizational Change and Change Management



  • Ethics & Ethical Issues
  • Professionalism
  • Health Behavior Change
  • Psychophsiolgy
  • Health & Medical Humanities
  • Narrative Medicine
  • Empathy & Emotion
  • Risk Communication
  • Simulation

Engagement & Patient, Caregiver & Social Network Perspectives


Communication Technology

  • Patient/Caregiver/Social Network Perspectives
  • Patient/Caregiver/Social Network Participation & Empowerment
  • Experience of Health & Illness
  • E-Learning
  • Serious Gaming
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Social Media & Internet


Past Accepted Presentations

The 2019 conference program is linked below as a resource to review accepted presentations and submission categories from a past ICCH as you consider your submission.

Submission Guidelines

Click the image below for the abstract submission guidelines!