The submission of abstracts to the 20th German Congress on Health Services Research is now closed and abstracts are being reviewed. Thank you very much for submitting your abstracts!

At the end of June (from June 30, 2021) all submitters will be informed about the result of the review.

Abstract submission for the Master’s Corner

Students with a connection to health services research have the opportunity to present student contributions at the German Congress for Health Services Research (DKVF) for the third time this year. For this purpose, the format of the "Science Pitch" is available this year (short presentations of 3 minutes duration and 3 slides).

Abstracts of student research projects or theses can be submitted from July 20 to August 10, 2021 via the congress abstract system in German or English. A decision on whether the paper has been accepted will be made no later than August 31, 2021.

Abstract guidelines:

The abstract is limited to 2,800 characters (without spaces).

The outline in:

  • Background and status of (inter)national research.
  • Question and objective
  • Method or hypothesis
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Practical implications
  • Appeal to practice (science and/or care) in one sentence:
  • References (if needed)

is to be adhered to.

Review will be conducted by the AG Nachwuchsförderung according to the standard DKVF review process. If you have any questions, please feel free to email: koeberlein@wiwi.uni-wuppertal.de.

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  until August 5, 2021. 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). The congress scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the abstract evaluations by the reviewers as well as the letter of motivation and CV.


Abstracts on the topic "COVID-19" can only be submitted and presented in English. For all other abstracts, submission and presentation is possible in German or English.

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).

Presentation Type

You can choose between the following presentation types:

  • Abstracts for oral presentations and science pitches:
    New! Within the framework of the 20th DKVF DIGITAL, we would like to give all abstract presenters the opportunity this year to present their abstract orally and thus actively participate in the program. Due to this, the presentation form "Poster" has been replaced by the presentation form "Science Pitch". The Science Pitch sessions (3 minutes speaking time plus 3 minutes discussion time) will therefore complement the presentation sessions (10 minutes speaking time plus 8 minutes discussion time). Posters in the traditional sense will no longer exist.
  • Science Slam:
    This format is aimed at scientists in the field of health services research who would like to present their research in a different format. In a separate session, the participants have 3 minutes each to present their own scientific work and to convince the audience with any props. The audience will form the jury, which will choose the winners at the end of the session.

    Prizes will be awarded to the three best slammers. Entries can be works in progress (even if there are no results yet) or completed works. The criteria mentioned in the guidelines for abstracts also apply to submissions for the Science Slam.

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”).

Submission deadline/notification

Abstract submission will close on April 12, 2021, and all submitters will be notified of the outcome of the review in mid-June.

Terms and conditions

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.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • Please create an account or log in with your e-mail address and password. With these credentials you can log back into the system at any time and submit further abstracts or complete abstracts you have started.
  • Please first select the applicable contribution type (explanation see below). Then you can select the corresponding track and a keyword.
  • You can also select whether you would like to submit the contribution as a talk, science pitch or science slam (presentation type). The decision in which form the abstract will be included in the program will be made by the program managers if the review committee has generally approved the inclusion of the contribution.
  • For submission, use only the template corresponding to the type of contribution (Word document, font: Arial, font size: 11, no indentation, no spacing). Copy and paste only the abstract text into it. You can delete all other notes from the template. You can download the corresponding template here on the website or in the submission system.
  • Please enter abstract titles as well as authors and their affiliations separately in the system. Due to the anonymous evaluation, the Word document with the abstract text must not contain any references to the names of the authors and clinics or their location.
  • After you have submitted the abstract, you as well as all other authors who have provided an e-mail address will receive a confirmation by e-mail.

Type of Contribution

Abstracts can be submitted for the following contribution types. Please note that there are different structural requirements for the abstract for each type of contribution. You can download and view the corresponding template below.

  • Contribution type 1: Theories and theoretical concepts (template)
  • Contribution type 2: Study results and transfer (template)
  • Contribution type 3: Discussion of methods (template)
  • Contribution type 4: Study protocol (without results) (template)

Please note that a category from track 3 can only be selected if contribution type 3 "Discussion of methods" is chosen.

Tracks and Categories

Basics, theories and results

  • Care context of implementation: patient, family member, citizen
  • Care context of implementation: health care professionals, e.g. physician, nurse, therapist
  • Care context of implementation: patient-professional interaction
  • Care context of implementation: care team and interprofessional collaboration (skills and grade mix)
  • Care context of implementation: care organization (e.g. hospital, nursing facility, doctor's office, MVZ, rehabilitation facilities) care networks
  • Care context of implementation: health and social systems (remuneration + responsibilities), care in school/daycare center, youth and social welfare office (social security systems)
  • Care context of implementation: municipality and region
  • Care context of implementation: environment and culture (climate, politics and law, economy, pandemic, digitalization, care culture, socio-cultural backgrounds, risk culture)


Results of health services research projects and their transfer

  • Enabling factors and barriers for implementation and practice transfer
  • Patient and family participation in transfer
  • Conflicting goals in the health care system as an obstacle to practice transfer (e.g., medicine - organization - economics - ethics - professions)
  • Innovative and/or cross-sectoral care concepts and their transfer
  • Telemedical and digitalization solutions for practice transfer
  • Transfer of innovation fund projects
  • Regional concepts: Demand and transfer
  • From data to practice/registry
  • Integration into the community

Researchers learn from researchers

Methods of health services research:

  • Field/Data Access
  • Recruitment/Incentives
  • Privacy/Ethics
  • Participatory Research
  • Registries and cohorts
  • Application of innovative methods and/or evaluation designs (including adoptions from other disciplines)
  • Further development of methods and/or evaluation designs
  • Specific challenges in the application of qualitative methods
  • Artificial intelligence/Big Data
  • Public relations/social media

Current and free themes

  • COVID-19 (Submission and presentation in English only).
  • Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Rehabilitation and remedial education
  • Palliative care and last year of life
  • Evidence-based care in mainstream health care
  • Structures and Networks
  • Artificial intelligence and deep learning
  • Demand planning and control
  • Patient safety and quality management
  • Lean healthcare, organizational development and work force
  • Social inequalities in care
  • Gender
  • Health literacy
  • Physical activity-based care
  • Psycho-somatic care
  • Other free topics


All submitted abstracts will be evaluated by several reviewers of the review panel and published on www.egms.de upon acceptance of the abstract.

For any questions please contact

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