CARNEY-How to Create A QI Poster

Describe the steps in preparing an abstract
that can then be used to create your poster
 Introduce you to types of poster
 Provide rules for summarizing information to
then be turned into a poster
 Provide framework for creating poster
Next time we’ll work on
› More poster creation focusing on organizing
content/appearance of the poster
› Begin the discussion of how to present a
poster at a conference
Follow the directions (conference or journal)
› Background, methods, results, conclusion
› Number of words?
Peak the readers interest (title)
 Be concise
 Highlight key findings only
 Conclusions based on data presented
 Follow the directions!!!!
› Descriptive
› Informative
› May give the answer or hint at it
› 1-2 sentences (The Why of the project)
› Hook
› Why this is needed…
› Study question
 Hypotheses (if applies)
Structured (1-2 sentences each)
› Study overview
› Subjects
› Measures
› Procedures
› Data analysis
› Key findings
 or expected findings (2-3 sentences)
 Conclusions/Discussion
› 1-2 sentences:
 Highlight main finding
 DO NOT speculate
 Note unique feature
 Too much information
› Stick to the main question you went after
› Ask someone to edit for you
No data
› Note current status if study isn’t complete yet may
also mention planned analysis if there is any
› Small amount of space on a poster, and only
a small amount of time to attract readers to
your poster
› Thus summarizing helps to :
 Make clear what the project is
 Makes the project look interesting
 Makes the project look like it could be
understood in a few minutes
Know your project:
› A research poster should provide the information
called for in the IMRAD format: Introduction,
Methods, Results and Discussion.
Use your abstract
› You’ve already summarized it if you’ve done this
Summarize from Memory
› This will get to the “important stuff” of the project
and what you feel most comfortable with
Delete trivia, details, redundancy and
non-crucial words such as articles (“a”
and “the”), adjectives, adverbs and
obvious verbs.
 Use bullets to set off summarized text.
 If you have an important list put each
item on a separate line with a bullet in
front of it.
Generalize by categorizing like items or
actions. If there are lists of items or
events, decide if each item is important
in its own right. If it isn’t, think of one main
heading or word for this information,
instead of listing each item or event.

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