to the 8th International Conference of Physiotherapy in Psychiatry
and Mental Health, May 12-14, 2020 in Helsinki, Finland



English is the official language of the conference. Thus, all abstracts must be written in English.

Important deadlines and dates

Abstracts can be submitted from September 1st 2019 until January 15th 2019.


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Your abstracts provide the main added value for the conference and we encourage you to start early to think about a project that you want to share with colleagues. We look forward to receiving your contributions! To allow time for the scientific committee to evaluate your abstracts, please submit it as soon as possible  before the deadline.

The researcher should indicate the preferred format, oral presentation, poster or workshop. The Scientific Committee will divide the oral presentations and posters in a scientific or a clinical presentation/poster. However, the Scientific Committee reserves the right to choose the final presentation format according to criteria of quality of work and organization of the Conference.
All correspondence will be with the presenting author. The presenting author does not have to be the first named author listed in the abstract. The online submission form will provide restricted space for data entry in order to limit the word count. To assist you in preparing your submission an indication of the maximum word count for each section is provided.



Abstract submission must include the following:

  • Title of abstract (maximum 20 words), in capital letters.

  • Names and titles of presenting author and co-authors. Names should not include acronyms or abbreviations. For example, you should use the format such as John Smith, Theresa Sanchez instead of J Smith or Sanchez T.

  • Contact details to include: Full name of organization / institution, city and country for all authors, as you would wish it to appear in the completed program.

  • E-mail, work telephone of presenting author.

  • The abstract (maximum 450 words) will be included in the congress proceedings and must be structured using the headings described in each abstract category.

The preferred format

  1. Oral presentation

    1. Scientific oral presentation

    2. Clinical oral presentation

  2. Workshop

  3. Poster

    1. Scientific poster​

    2. Clinical poster


Presentation of an established clinical program, of methodologies, skills practice, etc.

  1. Background:
    Provide a description of the contents/concepts that will be presented during the Workshop, previous experiences and justify the added value to the field.

  2. Purpose:
    What was the major reason for developing the Workshop? Which are the learning objectives?

  3. Methods:
    How will the workshop be conducted? Material used? What methods, materials and principles are involved in the workshop?

  4. Results:
    Which are the learning outcomes that the workshop participants will achieve?

  5. Conclusions:
    What are the conclusions from the Workshop? What are the suggestions for future work? What is the take home messages and what are the implications for practice/ management/ education/ policy.

  6. Key-Words:
    Add 3 to 5 key words.

Scientific oral presentation

This includes presentations of original scientific data collected by the author(s).
Any established research approach, research design or research methods will be welcomed.

  1. Background:
    Provide a description of the problem being analysed or evaluated and justify the reason why the research adds value to current knowledge.

  2. Purpose:
    Indicate the purpose or objective(s) of the research, the hypothesis that was tested, etc.

  3. Methods:

    1. ​Participants: Describe the number and relevant characteristics of the participants and the selection procedure.

    2. Instruments: What methodological approach was used in the study and data collection?

    3. Analysis: Describe the type of qualitative / quantitative data analysis used to assist you in interpreting your data.

  4. Results:
    Briefly summarize the main findings derived from your analysis.

  5. Conclusions and implication:
    What can be concluded from the analysis of your data? What is the clinical relevance? What are the suggestions for future work? The take home message.

  6. Key-Words:
    Add 3 to 5 key words.

  7. Funding acknowledgements (if applicable):
    Please acknowledge any funding sources that supported your work. If the work was unfunded please state this.

  8. Ethics approval:
    In accordance with advances in research governance we require a statement concerning use of ethical considerations (max 20 words).

Clinically oriented papers/ clinical oral presentation

Presentations of new or original programmes, clinically oriented papers, theories and descriptions of innovative ways in which established methods have been adapted to meet the need of clinical practice.

  1. Background:
    Provide a description of the perspective or aspect being analysed and justify the reason why the report adds value to current knowledge.

  2. Purpose:
    What was the major reason for developing the new or adapted programme/ method/ theory/ resource? Any secondary objectives?

  3. Methods:
    How has the programme been evaluated? What methods, materials and principles were involved in the project, and how have these been adapted and used?

  4. Results:
    What has been the response to the programme method and theory when it has been used?

  5. Conclusions:
    What are the conclusions from the development and evaluation? What are the suggestions for future work?

  6. Key-Words:
    Add 3 to 5 key words.


Scientific or a clinical oriented poster
The guideline for posters follows those for  scientific or clinical oral presentation.

  • The poster must have a portrait format of 84 x 119 cm (33,1 x 49,9 inches).

Some advice:

  • Be concise, clear and informative in your introduction, objective and methodology.

  • Present your results in a logic and clear way.

  • Search for a visual balance between text, figures and tables, between the scientific/clinical and aesthetic balance