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CSM Poster Guidelines

Poster Presentation Basic Overview

  • Poster is displayed at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM)
  • Information is summarized using brief written statements but must have proper detail to convey major points.
  • Includes graphic materials: photographs, charts, graphs, diagrams
  • Poster Board should be 4′ tall by 6′ wide (122 cm by 183 cm)
  • Presenters are assigned date & time to be present with their poster for discussion & to meet participants
  • Poster should be pleasing to the eye, readable from a distance of 4-6 feet.
  • Poster should have white space, flow logically across poster board
  • Presenter must be able to facilitate intellectual discussion and exchange of ideas with participants

Required Elements

The following information and headings must be provided in a logical sequence along the poster surface:

  • Abstract: a copy of the abstract submitted to the section is to be posted in the top left-hand corner of the poster.
  • Purpose: major reason for the study
  • Background & Significance:  a summary of the theoretical framework and hypotheses
  • Subjects: Describe the number and relevant characteristics of the subjects, their selection and assignment to groups (if applicable) or relevant characteristics of the subject in a single-subject study, case study or case report.
  • Methods and Materials: Describe how data were collected, and tests and materials used to generate data.  Graphs, tables and photographs may be used to supplement this element.
  • Analyses: If applicable, (other than a case study or case report) describe the type(s) of analyses used to address the purpose or hypothesis.  Include descriptions of analytical strategy (e.g.: statistics, hypothesis testing, qualitative methods.)
  • Results: Briefly summarize your analytical findings.  Graphs, tables, and photographs may also be used to supplement this element of the poster presentation.
  • Conclusions: Provide a logical and concise list of conclusions that will help those viewing your poster to take a message away from your poster presentation.

Recommended Elements & Tips

  • Line drawings, diagrams or photographs of equipment, supplies, methodology and simple graphs of results can enhance the visual aspect of your presentation.  
  • Busy graphic presentations and long tables of individual results are discouraged because they are distracting.  Use summary statistics whenever possible.
  • A photographic release should be obtained prior to taking any photographs of individuals included in the poster presentation.  

Specific Information for Poster Style

Title Information: The title section should be centered at the top of the poster and be done in large enough letters to allow it to be read from a distance.  The title should include the following elements: The title of the study as given on the abstract, each authors´ name with the name of the author presenting the poster clearly denoted by underlining or an asterisk, the name of the institution and the street address of the institution at which the work was conducted.  The font size of the study title must be done 72 point or greater (1″ high) lettering.  The other information on the title section may be of a smaller font size but must remain easy to read from a distance.

Other Text: A font size that is easily readable from a distance should be used throughout the rest of the poster.  In no case will handwritten lettering be acceptable.

Headings: Where applicable, required and optional headings must be done in at least 36 point letters.  Required headings include: Purpose, Background & Significance, Subjects, Methods and Materials, Analysis, Results and Conclusions when appropriate to the type of research project.  For case studies, case reports and single subject design, required headings include: Purpose, Case (or Subject), Results and Conclusions.  Optional headings may include titles for graphic materials and subdivisions of the required headings.

Presentation: Materials for posting other than the title section (text and graphic materials) are to be mounted on good quality poster material and be easily readable. The poster is attached to poster board by push pins or velcro provided by either the presenter or conference facility.

QR Code: Collaborate with the Director of Research and the Poster Platform Coordinator to provide a QR Code on your poster that will link to a virtual online description of your poster presentation with a take away message away from your poster presentation.

Questions regarding policies for the poster presentations may be directed to:

Meryl Alappattu PT, DPT, PhD
Director of Research
Section on Women´s Health of the APTA
[email protected]

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