Abstracts will be scored by experts based on the following criteria:

  • Does the abstract address an important and novel question?
  • Does the study design permit the question to be answered?
  • Are the endpoints of the study clearly defined?
  • Is there an appropriate use of statistics?
  • Are the methods described in sufficient detail?
  • Are the conclusions supported by the data?

Specific questions for prospective solutions:

  • What statistical model and assumptions were used?
  • What was the sustainability assessment?
  • What were the limitations?
  • Was there a rationale underlying the study design?
  • Is the solution promising enough?

Specific questions for retrospective observational studies:

  • What is the data source and how was the solution attained?
  • Is the cohort well described and reasonably homogeneous?
  • Have attempts been made to account for biases inherent in retrospective reviews?
  • What statistical methods were used?
  • Are the conclusions appropriate to the study design?