More than 1,800 abstracts submitted for World Physiotherapy Congress 2021

A total of 1,867 abstracts have been submitted for World Physiotherapy Congress 2021. 

Of the submitted abstracts, women submitted 57% of the abstracts and men submitted 37% of the abstracts, 6% of submitters did not give their gender. Globally, 66% of physiotherapists are women.

The submitted abstracts will be peer reviewed by 400 volunteer reviewers over the next few weeks. All abstract submitters will be notified of the outcome on 14 January 2021. 

In three World Physiotherapy regions (Africa, Asia Western Pacific, South America), the number of abstracts submitted for congress in 2021 is higher compared with abstract submissions for congress in 2019, when the largest number of submissions came from people in Europe, reflecting the location in Geneva, Switzerland.

Shane Patman, congress programme committee (CPC) chair, said: “Considering the year that has been, with the disruption to ‘business as usual’, including research endeavours, it is extremely pleasing to receive such a positive response to the abstract submission opportunity from the global physiotherapy community. 

"The diversity of topics submitted from around the world reflects the diversity of our profession, which encourages the CPC’s efforts to create an enticing programme to inspire you to join us online next year for World Physiotherapy Congress 2021.”

The congress will take place online in April 2021. Details about registration fees will be available later this year and registration will open in early 2021.

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