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Presentation Guideline – Descriptive Study

(Revised December 2015)

Descriptive studies describe phenomena systematically to reveal patterns and connections that might otherwise go unnoticed. Descriptive studies include normative, epidemiological, correlation, and non-intervention case studies and qualitative studies.

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 research question. What do you hope to reveal?


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 dancer performance or capacity that was the focus of this study and how it was measured. Can you offer any indication of the reliability and validity of your measurements?

Explain how you collected data and analyzed the results and why you chose the procedures you used.

Use descriptive statistics (if appropriate) to describe the magnitude and consistency of the patterns observed. Also 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 Descriptive Study Sample Abstract (PDF)

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