ISPOR is strongly committed to diversity. The Society’s Strategic Plan and core values embrace excellence through encouragement and acceptance of diverse ideas, cultures, and disciplines. Other Breakout Session submissions are encouraged from all stakeholders and are evaluated based on merit. ISPOR also aims to reflect the diversity of its membership in all endeavors and encourages consideration of diversity in abstract submissions. Diversity dimensions include (but not limited to) gender, career stage, ethnicity, race, education, sexual orientation, region/geographic location, physical disability, and religion. Additional information can be found at the Society’s  Diversity Policy.

Other Breakout Session proposals are open to any proposals that require flexibility in content delivery. Examples of different session styles can be didactic, lecture, general panel discussions, roundtables, fireside chats and more!

  • Other Breakout Sessions are designed to share novel and innovative experiences in either the conduct of pharmacoeconomic and outcomes research studies or the interpretation and use of pharmacoeconomic outcomes information in health care policy development.
  • Other Breakout Sessions submission option is for one-hour educational sessions that will run concurrently with the issue panels and workshops. The main difference between this session type and workshops is the flexibility in delivery.
  • Standard and advanced methods topics breakout session submissions follow the same review process as the issue panel and workshop submissions.
  • Example of a breakout session proposal submission is available here (downloadable PDF).


Breakout session submissions should be organized as follows:


  • Acknowledgments: Submitting authors/submitters must agree to read and agree to ISPOR submission guidelines, ISPOR being an in-person only event, to incorporate audience interactive elements, and AI-Assisted Content Disclosure.
  • Interactive Element: Provide all interactive elements you plan to utilize in your session.
  • Title: Provide a title that accurately describes your breakout session. The title should be in title case, 225 character limit (including spaces). Examples:
    • Fixing the Tower of Babel: Establishing a Common Metric for Patient-Reported Outcome Measures
    • Optimal Allocation of Resources in Managing Medical Device Portfolios
    • Adjusting for Between-Trial Differences in the Schedule of Assessment for Disease Progression in Immuno-oncology and Its Impact on Indirect Treatment Comparisons
  • Submitter Email
  • ISPOR Guidance on the Use of AI-Assisted Technologies in Content: ISPOR has implemented guidance on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and AI-assisted technologies in submission to the Society’s conferences. Submitting authors/submitters are required to disclose the use of AI and AI-assisted technologies in their submitted abstract(s) and/or accepted materials. Standard word processing spelling and grammar checks do not need to be disclosed. 
  • Joint Clinical Assessment/Scientific Advice in the EU Related Content: Given the ongoing development of the Joint Clinical Assessment process in the EU and the accompanying methods guidance, we anticipate that this will be a highly relevant topic at ISPOR. Similarly, Joint Scientific Consultations constitute an integral part of the EU HTA regulation and provide an opportunity to discuss the development plan to generate evidence to meet the needs of both regulators and HTA bodies with regards to pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Sessions specifically relevant to either the process or methods involved in these areas, especially the more controversial aspects, will be highlighted in our program.
  • RWE Related Content: All topics are welcome, but we also encourage the submission around the topic of real-world evidence.
  • Indicate if Submitter or Authors are Member(s) of an ISPOR Chapter
  • Level of Difficulty: Indicate if this session is Introductory, Intermediate, or Advanced in nature.


Select the taxonomy/topic that best describes your session.

Clinical Outcomes

Clinician Reported Outcomes

Comparative Effectiveness or Efficacy

Performance-based Outcomes

Clinician Outcomes Assessment

Relating Intermediate to Long-term Outcomes

Economic Evaluation

Cost/Cost of Illness/Resource Use Studies

Cost-comparison/effectiveness/utility/benefit Analysis

Budget Impact Analysis

Thresholds & Opportunity Cost

Trial-based economic evaluation

Work & Home Productivity - Indirect Costs

Value of Information

Novel & Social Elements of Value

Epidemiology & Public Health

Safety & Pharmacoepidemiology

Public Health

Prevalence, Incidence, & Disease Risk Factors

Disease Classification & Coding

Health Policy & Regulatory

Approval & Labeling

Pricing Policy & Schemes

Reimbursement & Access Policy

Insurance Systems & National Health Care

Public Spending & National Health Expenditures

Procurement Systems

Coverage with Evidence Development & Adaptive Pathways

Risk-sharing Approaches

Health Disparities & Equity

Health Service Delivery & Process of Care

Hospital and Clinical Practices

Prescribing Behavior

Pharmacist Interventions and Practices

Formulary Development


Quality of Care Measurement

Disease Management

Treatment Patterns and Guidelines

Health Technology Assessment

Systems & Structure

Value Frameworks & Dossier Format

Decision & Deliberative Processes

Medical Technologies

Medical Devices

Digital Health

Diagnostics & Imaging

Implementation Science

Methodological & Statistical Research

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics

Missing Data

Confounding, Selection Bias Correction, Causal Inference

Modeling & Simulation

PRO & Related Methods

Survey Methods

Organizational Practices

Academic & Educational



Best Research Practices

Geographic & Regional

Patient-Centered Research

Adherence, Persistence, & Compliance

Stated Preference & Patient Satisfaction

Health State Utilities

Patient-reported Outcomes & Quality of Life Outcomes

Patient Behavior and Incentives

Patient Engagement

Instrument Development, Validation, & Translation

Real World Data & Information Systems

Data Protection, Integrity, & Quality Assurance

Health & Insurance Records Systems

Distributed Data & Research Networks

Reproducibility & Replicability

Study Approaches

Clinical Trials

Pragmatic Trials & Large Simple Trials

Prospective Observational Studies 

Electronic Medical & Health Records


Administrative Claims Data

Surveys & Expert Panels

Decision Modeling & Simulation

Literature Review & Synthesis

Meta-analysis & Indirect Comparisons


What geographical region is this content about?


A breakout session is comprised of a minimum of 1 and maximum of 4 presenters. We recommend you assign at least one moderator/discussion leader, but it is not required. All presenters will be asked to provide any previous, relevant speaking/publication experience.

  • Moderator/Discussion Leaders maintain communication with presenters and ISPOR staff regarding the development and delivery of the session.
  • To assure lively debate, presenters should be from different institutions and/or work environments representing different perspectives on the debate.
  • Presenters should present distinct views on the topic.
  • Provide the names, degrees, positions, work environment, city, state, country and email addresses for the presenters.
  • Moderator/Speaker Type: You can choose what type fits your session best: Discussion Leader, Discussant, Panelist, Speaker, Moderator.
    • You will be asked for full submitter information on this step as well. The submitter can be the same as an already listed participant.


    • Length of Proposal (Purpose and Description): 300 words
      • Purpose: Provide a clear definition of the breakout session’s objective. (Ensure that the purpose(s) is achievable in 60 minutes.)
      • Description: Provide background information, details on the material to be presented and the preferred format of the session. Include speaker presentation length, e.g., 10 minutes, especially if there is concern that objective cannot be met in 60 minutes. It is helpful to include which stakeholders will benefit from attending.


    • Review your submission and complete the “Final Steps” acknowledgement form at the bottom. You must complete this final step and select “Conclude Submission,” otherwise your submission will be considered incomplete and not submitted for review. Please note: you will need to complete this step every time you update your submission.



    Overall, breakout session acceptance is based on the quality of the proposal and the topic’s importance for inclusion and discussion in this conference’s scientific program. Standard and advanced methods topics breakout session submissions follow the same review process.
    Please consider the updated submission criteria when submitting your proposal:
    Quality of content

    • Educational value of the session
    • Timeliness of the topic
    • Applicability of content to HEOR practice or principles
    • Effectiveness of incorporated active learning strategies
    • The information/issue presented are novel or innovative
    • Breakout session proposals includes examples drawn from multiple sources
    • Unbiased content that does not promote a product, service, or organization; abstracts deemed to be promotional will be excluded from consideration

    Quality of proposal

    • Explanation of session format and how it will effectively deliver content to the audience
    • Proposal purpose
    • The background information (included in the overview) is clear and concise

    Quality of Speakers

    • Expertise/experience of proposed speakers
    • Proposed speakers represent diverse backgrounds (gender, geographic, institutional - refer to ISPOR Diversity policy) and perspectives (multiple organizations are represented)
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