Submission of abstracts for oral or e-poster presentation at Obstetric Anaesthesia 2021


Date Action
5 February 2021


no later than week of
22 February 2021
Results have now been released
26 March 2021 Deadline for meeting registration by successful author presenters.

Failure to register will result in the paper being withdrawn from presentation and publication if offered. 

Messages relating to abstracts should be sent via the abstract system (see below) through the 'contact' button

If you are unable to access the system for any reason or have any other query please email OAA Abstracts

Abstract Instructions: 2021

The OAA invites you to submit abstracts to the June 2021 Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting. We encourage submission of all projects that will be of benefit to the care of mothers and babies. Through the submission and review process, we seek to promote the highest standards of research ethics.

All abstracts should be written in English.

Abstracts for the Annual Scientific Meeting should be submitted to one of five groups:

  • Original Research
  • Service Evaluation
  • Quality Improvement
  • Surveys
  • Case Reports

In previous years a number of authors have experienced difficulty deciding which category best describes their project. There is often debate about the difference between original research, service evaluation and quality improvement. Simply defined, they are:

1. Original Research

Research attempts to find new knowledge i.e. what is best practice? It usually requires approval of an ethics committee and the written consent of all subjects.

2. Service Evaluation

Service evaluation is a way to define or measure current practice, often service delivery aspects of care, the results of which help produce internal recommendations for improvements i.e. what standard does the service achieve? Where patient data is to be presented, the proposal should be approved by an ethics committee or the local Caldicott Guardian or in some situations by the hospital audit committee.

3. Quality Improvement

A QI program involves systematic activities that monitor, assess, and improve its quality of health care. Improving quality makes healthcare safer, effective, patient-centred, timely, efficient and equitable. Quality improvement projects should be peer-reviewed by senior members of the authors’ anaesthetic department. They may or may not require approval from ethics or audit committees but at the very least if patient data are to be presented, the local Caldicott Guardian must be contacted and approval given.

Regardless of the category to which the project is submitted, authors are advised to seek peer-review and approval of their work by an ethics committee, audit committee or hospital Caldicott Guardian (or equivalent). Failure to do so without adequate explanation may result in rejection of the abstract. All oral and poster presenters will be required to state the type of peer review / approval at the time of their presentation. This information should also be included on slides or posters. The meeting organisers may request that authors submit documents relating to the approval of their project or signed consent forms for case reports.

Authors of surveys which involve the collection and presentation of patient data are advised to seek the advice and approval of their hospital Caldicott Guardian, research and development department or audit committee. If patients are directly involved in surveys and data collection is not part of routine care, ethical approval is likely to be necessary. In such cases authors are advised to contact their local research ethics committee.

For case reports, efforts should be made to protect the anonymity of patients. Written consent to presentation and publication must have been given (signature of the patient following an explanation that states they understand that, and agree to, their case being presented anonymously at a post-graduate educational meeting and/or appearing in a journal and on-line). The International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia has a consent form than can be used. Presentation of a case series requires approval of the local Caldicott Guardian (or equivalent).

Abstracts will not be accepted if they have been published elsewhere, either in abstract form (other than in a non-journal abstract booklet) or as an accepted manuscript (including case reports and correspondence), in a journal or website before presentation at the OAA Meeting. If a paper based on the abstract is accepted by a journal following submission but before the OAA Meeting, it must not be published, either in print or online, before the abstract is presented. Please seek advice from the OAA organising committee if uncertain.

Follow the link at the bottom of the page for further details on how to prepare and submit abstracts.

For examples of abstracts in specific categories, please click on the links at the bottom of the page.

OAA Secretariat on behalf of Dr Robin Russell, Dr Nuala Lucas and Meeting Organisers


  • Authors accepting an offer of poster presentation will automatically accept responsibility for uploading their ePoster presentation. Instructions for uploading and the deadline for doing so will be provided
  • Abstracts without results and those in which the randomisation code has been broken to allow analysis before the study has finished (without interim analysis being part of the original design) may be accepted at the discretion of the Chair of the Assessors.
  • In the case of a presentation by a trainee, the supervising author (or a nominated substitute) must be present during presentation of the abstract to answer any questions.
  • Authors are advised to read the section on Submission Categories below before uploading their abstract

For Further Information See:

Ethics and Consent: For human studies the authors should confirm that the research protocol was approved by a local institutional review board or ethics committee and that written consent was obtained from all subjects. For case reports subjects must not be identifiable and consent to publish must have been given (signature of the patient, or next of kin, following a sentence that states they understand that, and agree to, their case being presented anonymously at a post-graduate educational meeting and/or appearing in a journal).

View Abstract examples for each category

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Authors may click here to log into the abstract system(via navigation on left) or 'view' any of their abstracts submitted for previous meetings.

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For more information please email OAA Abstracts


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