Writing a Case report for publication and Conference Presentation
- A case report (case study) is a method of descriptive research that documents a practitioner’s experiences, thoughts, or observations related to the care of a single patient
- A case series combines the observations from a group of similar patients
- Education case report
- Diagnostic/Assessment case reports
- Treatment/Management case reports
IDENTIFYING CASES IN PRACTICE
- Tells you what you need to know to design your study
- Tells you what you need to know to understand and interpret your study results/outcomes
- Helps you develop an unbiased, objective understanding of your topic
- Pub med
- Index to Chiropractic literature MANTIS
CHOOSING YOUR AUDIENCE
- This is very important because all journals have different requirements for case reports:
- – Some do not allow case reports to be published.
- – Others range from about 1,000 to 3,000 words allowed for a case report.
- – The number of references also ranges. Some limit to 5, other journals allow unlimited.
- – Finally, the sections of the manuscript may differ based on the journal instructions.
ACCESS THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS
- The instructions are listed in every scientific journal and are different for every journal Check to see if they allow case reports
- Read them thoroughly
OBTAINING PATIENT CONSENT OUTCOME MEASURES
- All the possible measurements of results that may stem from exposure to a causal factor, or from preventive or therapeutic interventions
– Anything that can be described in words (usually in quotes)
– Examples: “I have not been able to sleep through the night in years!”
- – Anything that can be described in numbers (subjective or objective)
- – Examples
- — Lab results
- — Height/weight
- — Pain levels on VAS
- — Quality of life on SF36
Which outcome measures should be used?
- Look at which measures are consistently used in the literature Check out texts on outcome measures
- Read articles on new outcome measures
STRUCTURE OF A CASE REPORT
- Abstract/Key words
- – Background information and overview of previous research (if any) Gaps in previous research
- – Significance of topic area
- – Objective of your case report
- Case study section
- – Profile of patient
- – Treatment plan
- – Outcome measures
- – Briefly restate the findings of the study, and then discuss how previous research findings correlate.
- – Provide a rationale for the treatment techniques and modalities selected.
- – Describe why the results may have occurred
- – Discuss any policy or practice implications
- – Limitation
- – Conclusion
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