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Presentation Guideline – Intervention Research

(Revised December 2015)

Intervention research includes studies in which researchers arrange (or follow) a systematic change in conditions to determine the effects on a physical capacity, skill, or performance important to dancers. Clinical and experimental research are the most common types of intervention research but other systematic efforts to measure the effects of an intervention, including intervention-based case studies and qualitative studies, may be included.

Use up to 15 descriptive words.

The first author must be the presenter. Additional authors may be listed if they had a major role in designing the study, analyzing the results, and preparing the presentation. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors offer suggestions for Defining the Role of Authors and Contributors (click article title to read).

NOTE: The abstract you submit to IADMS for review should NOT include any author names. Instead, include the statement: "Author names and affiliations removed for blinded review" in the space where author names and affiliations would normally appear. The authors for your presentation will be listed, in order, via the online abstract submission system. You will also insert the author names and affiliations in their appropriate place in your final abstract which will be submitted if your presentation is chosen for inclusion in the program.

Explain the primary purpose of the study by identifying the research question to be answered, the experimental hypothesis to be tested, or the problem to be solved.

Participants, Setting, Equipment
Describe the participants in the study, how they were selected, and the population to which you intend to generalize your findings. Briefly describe any especially relevant aspects of the setting or equipment used. Indicate whether the study was approved by a human subjects committee.

Dependent Variable
Explain how you defined the performance or capacity that was the focus of your study, how it was measured, and any indication you have of the reliability and validity of the measurements.

Describe your intervention (treatment, training) and any measurements you made to assess the consistency with which the treatment or training was applied (independent variable integrity).

Experimental Design
Explain the design used to demonstrate (or approximate) experimental control. Include details appropriate to the design used (e.g., group size & subject assignment, blinding, counter-balancing, timing of intervention across subjects or settings).

Use descriptive statistics (if appropriate) to describe the magnitude and consistency of the effects of your intervention on the dependent variable(s). Summarize the results of any inferential statistical tests used to analyze the results.

State your main conclusion(s) and indicate any limitations. Explain the relevance of the results to promoting effective and healthy approaches to training and treating dancers. Describe the implications for future research in dance medicine and science.

Note on Headings
We reduced the section headings to one level to emphasize the parallels across the types of presentations. Please feel free to use the superior heading "Methods" to encompass "Participants, Dependent Variable, & Procedure" if you feel that will make your study clearer to the reviewers.

PDF Intervention Research Sample Abstract (PDF)

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