Abstract submissions have now closed.

The 47th World Hospital Congress is hosted by the IHF with the Brazilian Hospital Federation (Federação Brasileira de Hospitais – FBH), on 10–12 September 2024 at the Windsor Convention & Expo Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Congress brings healthcare executives together for global learning that inspires local action. We are seeking projects and programmes that showcase innovations, models, and examples of leadership. We invite executives, managers, professionals, and providers working in hospitals, health facilities, government settings, academic and research institutions, and NGOs who have compelling work to share with the international healthcare community to submit an abstract to the Scientific Committee for consideration.

A message for all our submitters: The IHF is a non-profit organization that relies on the revenue of the World Hospital Congress to fund its operation. This is why we are extremely grateful for your understanding that we require abstract presenters to pay for their registration, albeit a discounted one, and that no honorarium or financial support for travel will be provided.

Congress tracks and topics

Click on each track for more information about abstract subthemes.

  • TRACK 1: CONTEMPORARY LEADERSHIP: Fit for the future
    1. Driving organizational and system change for a healthier future
    2. Promoting and achieving diversity, inclusion, and equity in organizations and communities
    3. Collaborating and partnering in and outside the healthcare sector
    4. Recognizing the evolving role of effective governance
    5. Leading to achieve financial sustainability
    6. Embodying competency-based leadership – the IHF’s global competency model
  • TRACK 2: WORKFORCE: Fit for the future
    1. Addressing the challenges of workforce shortages
    2. Enhancing the wellbeing of healthcare workers
    3. Developing and mentoring the next generation of leaders – administrative and clinical
    4. Ensuring a safe workplace for patients and staff
    5. Emerging roles and professions in hospitals and healthcare delivery
    1. Improving clinical models of care for better outcomes
    2. Enhancing the patient experience
    3. Improving patient safety
    4. Strengthening pillars for success in hospitals: clinical quality and safety, patient experience, employee engagement, and financial sustainability
    5. Patients crossing borders and boundaries for care – medical travel
    1. Adapting artificial intelligence (AI) today and in the future
    2. Utilizing big data and analytics to improve patient outcomes and operations – data-driven management
    3. Incorporating transformational technologies that demonstrate clinical impact, operational efficiency, enhanced patient experience and more
    4. Preparing staff, patients, and other stakeholders for successful transformation in care delivery
    5. Advancing value-based healthcare and other financing models to achieve efficient care delivery
    6. Ensuring security of clinical and operational data
  • TRACK 5: SUSTAINABILITY: Fit for the future
    1. Striving for system change in the healthcare ecosystem to achieve net zero
    2. Enhancing skills of hospital and healthcare leaders to drive the sustainability agenda
    3. Advancing a climate-resilient circular economy and reducing waste
    4. Setting, measuring, and achieving standards for sustainable healthcare
    5. Supporting resilient and low-carbon care delivery in communities with limited resources

Abstract guidelines

Please familiarize yourself with the guidelines of the 47th World Hospital Congress before you submit your abstract.

  • General
    1. Abstracts can only be submitted online via the abstract submission portal.
    2. Abstracts sent via post or email will not be accepted.
    3. Abstracts submitted by or on behalf of institutions or companies other than hospitals, healthcare providers, government, academe, research institutions, or NGOs will not be accepted.
    4. Abstracts must be submitted in English but if accepted, they can be presented in English or Portuguese. Simultaneous translations between English or Portuguese would be available. Abstracts that are not in English will not be reviewed.
    5. It is the responsibility of the presenting author to submit. They are the main contact whose responsibility it is to communicate with other co-authors.
    6. The submitter is responsible for obtaining consent to publish the names of authors/co-authors and to submit the contact details of all authors.
  • Definitions
    • Presenting/submitting author: the person who will physically present the abstract at the Congress and who will be listed as the presenter in the programme.
  • Online submission via Oxford Abstracts

    The submitting author will be required to create an account to use the Oxford Abstracts submission portal. If you do not receive a confirmation email within a few minutes after you submit your abstract, please check that your submission is not left in draft and is fully submitted by logging back into the portal and checking the status on the Edit/View submission page. Please also check your junk email/spam folder. The submission confirmation email will be sent to you from: congress@ihf-fih.org

    You will be requested to input your first name, surname, email, organization, city and country to access the portal.

  • Rules

    Failure to observe these guidelines may result in disqualification.

    1. The correct track and topic must be selected to ensure correct scoring. The content of the abstract must be related to the topic. The Scientific Committee reserve the right to re-categorize an abstract.
    2. Abstracts must contain data and meet international ethical standards.
    3. Abbreviations should be defined.
    4. Trade names cannot be mentioned in the title. However, trade names in brackets will be accepted in the body of the text.
    5. An abstract cannot be accepted if the “conflict of interest” disclosure has not been completed on the submission form. If the presenter or one of the co-authors has a conflict of interest, this must be clearly stated.
    6. Please see below the word limits to the specific areas when submitting an abstract:
      Title – 20 words
      Describe your organization – 100 words
      Introduction – 100 words
      Aim/Objectives – 150 words
      Materials and Methods – 150 words
      Results – 150 words
      Conclusion – 150 words
    7. The presenting author will be required to provide their name, job title, affiliation, contact number, and email address. They also need to indicate their IHF member organization (where applicable) and organization type.
    8. The presenting authors will be requested to input the name, job title, affiliation, and email addresses of their co-authors (where applicable).
    9. The abstract must be structured into the following sections: Title, Organization, Introduction, Aim/Objective(s), Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusion.
    10. If you want to include tables, graphs, images or other resources, you can do so by uploading them as supporting documents. A maximum of three supporting documents may be uploaded. These must be uploaded in a PDF format and the maximum size for each document is 10MB.
    11. If you wish to upload and provide additional links to support your submission such as a video or website link, up to two can be added in during the submission in a dedicated field.
    12. If you have successfully submitted your abstract, you will receive a confirmation number via your email address. If no confirmation number is received, the abstract cannot be considered as successfully submitted and received. Please check your spam/junk folder as the confirmation email may have gone there.
    13. Only abstracts in “COMPLETE” status will be considered as successfully submitted and received.
    14. If you wish to save the submission and come back to this later, you will need to click the Submit button in the right bottom corner of the portal. You have until the deadline of 29 February 2024 at 23:59 (GMT/UTC time) to come back in and edit this.
    15. If you leave the system without submitting the abstract all data will be lost. The submitted/draft abstracts cannot be edited after the submission deadline of 29 February 2024 at 23:59 (GMT/UTC time).
    16. Please ensure that your abstract does not contain spelling, grammatical or scientific errors. No corrections are possible after the submission deadline. No proofreading will be done.
    17. If you need to withdraw your abstract, a written statement reflecting the reasons for this decision must be sent to: congress@ihf-fih.org no later than 4 March 2024.
  • After the submission
    1. The reviewers will judge the abstracts according to the relevance to WHC 2024. They will use the following general criteria for assessment:
      • Issue of importance, tied to tracks
      • Innovative value
      • Practical benefit and usefulness in advancing (global) health
      • Background and methodology
      • Conclusion
    2. Abstracts submitted for oral presentations but not accepted will be automatically considered for poster presentation.
    3. The submitting author will be notified by 30 April 2024 whether the abstract has been accepted. Notifications will be sent via email to the email address provided during submission. It is the authors’ responsibility to ensure that emails from WHC 2024 can reach them.


    The decision of the Scientific Committee is final.

  • Presentation of abstracts
    1. During your submission, please indicate your preference for presentation format – oral or poster presentation.
    2. Oral presentations will be given further information on length of lecture (either 5 or 10 minutes) and presentation details closer to the Congress.
    3. Full presentation guidelines will be included in the acceptance letter and published on the Congress website.
    4. No honorarium or financial support for travel will be provided to presenters of accepted abstracts. However, presenters will be entitled to discounted registration. Presenters must register on or before 28 June 2024 otherwise their presentation will be removed from the programme.
    5. Accepted authors are responsible for any required visa applications.
    6. Presenting authors are responsible for the print costs and hanging of their own posters.
  • Problems submitting?

    If you experience any kind of problem, or if you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the abstract management team at congress@ihf-fih.org.

Important dates

27 October 2023

Abstracts accepted

29 February 2024

at 23:59 (GMT/UTC time)

Abstract deadline

30 April 2024

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