7th UK Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) Research Conference: 'PROMs Across the Lifespan'

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Event details

Thursday 22 June 2023
The University of Sheffield, University of Sheffield Inox Dine Conference Suite Level 5, Students’ Union Building Western Bank Sheffield S10 2TG
This event is now fully booked.


Now in its seventh year, the annual PROMs Research Conference will be an in-person, one-day event on Thursday 22 June 2023.

The conference focuses on researcher-led activities on methodologies around developing, testing and using PROMs in different contexts and settings. The event is organised by a scientific group including Professor Tracey Young (School of Health Related Research, University of Sheffield and NIHR ARC Yorkshire and Humber theme co-lead); Dr Jill Carlton (School of Health Related Research, University of Sheffield), Dr Phil Powell (School of Health Related Research, University of Sheffield), with support from clinicians and academics from the ISOQOL UK and Ireland SiG.

The event includes a mixture of plenary sessions, oral presentations, and posters by PROMs researchers from across the UK. This event brings together leading experts and early career researchers to engage with the latest advances in PROMs research and implementation.

Download the conference programme (PDF, 359KB)

This is a not-for-profit conference and any surplus made will be directed into the 8th UK Patient Reported Outcome Measures Research Conference (PROMs) to support the future of this event.

The PROMs conference welcomes clinicians, researchers, academics, patient partners, students, early career researchers, and others working or interested in the field. 

Call for papers

All researchers, health care practitioners/clinicians and PhD students involved in PROMs research are invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations. 

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘PROMs Across the Lifespan’. We are particularly interested in submissions related to developing and evaluating patient outcome measures in different groups across the life course, ranging from early childhood to older people. We are also interested in specialised applications of PROMs across the life course, such as in palliative care or in people living with life-limiting conditions. Beyond our core theme, we welcome submissions on any topic that comes under the breadth of PROMs Research, including studies demonstrating patient and public involvement and methodological case studies or examples of when things don’t go to plan.

Abstract submission guidance

Abstracts reporting research should use the following headings:
Background, Aim(s), Method(s), Results, and Conclusions.
Word limit: 300 words maximum, not including the headings. Note - please do not include tables/graphics/diagrams/symbols in your abstract.

Abstract submissions have now closed.

Selection criteria

The scientific panel will select papers on the following basis:

  • Only abstracts submitted before the deadline will be considered
  • Work in progress and papers at an early stage of development will be welcome
  • Reproduced papers and reports (especially those written for other audiences) and reproduced book chapters are likely to be rejected

Assessment process

We will operate a blind peer-review process for all abstracts in which reviewers will judge abstracts on the quality of the content.

  • Scientific significance and importance to the PROMs research field, and Applied Research Collaboration community. The importance of the study in moving the science/field forward or having an impact. Implications for the field in terms of practice/policy/theory/methodology are clearly stated. Value to existing literature/evidence base. Likelihood of generating extensive delegate interest.
  • Creativity/originality/innovation: This represents a creative or innovative approach that is novel, and likely to provoke discussion. The submission has not been presented at a previous conference.

Allocation of oral and poster presentations

Allocation will be based on the quality of the abstract submitted. Very good abstracts are often recommended as posters simply due to the overall high quality of abstracts and the inherently limited spaces for oral presentation.


  • Accepted PhD student posters will be considered for the best PhD poster prize.
  • A prize will be awarded for the best oral presentation that best communicates their research to the public as judged by patient and public involvement collaborators. 
  • Oxford University Innovation Ltd has sponsored an award for best oral presentation and they will present this prize during the closing remarks.

The deadline for abstract submissions was 13 February 2023.

We expect to notify individuals of the outcome of the abstract decision process by early April 2023. Please note that presenters of abstracts are not automatically registered for the conference.

Thank you for considering a submission to the Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) Research Conference 2023.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact the Conference Planning Committee at arc_heee@sheffield.ac.uk