Case Study Guidelines

Case Study Guidelines - SRC

Case studies are an invaluable record of the clinical practices of a profession. While case studies cannot provide specific guidance for the management of successive patients, they are a record of clinical interactions which help us to frame questions for more rigorously designed clinical studies.

Case studies also provide valuable teaching material, demonstrating both classical and unusual presentations which may confront the practitioner. Practitioners generally are not well-practised in writing for publication, and so may hesitate to embark on the task of carrying a case study to publication.

These guidelines are intended to assist the relatively novice writer – practitioner or student – in efficiently navigating the relatively easy course to publication of a quality case study. Guidelines are not intended to be proscriptive, and so throughout this document we advise what authors “may” or “should” do, rather than what they “must” do. Authors may decide that the particular circumstances of their case study justify digression from our recommendations.

Case Study Guidelines SRC
Developed by the European Association for Body Psychotherapy
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What are the CARE guidelines?

The CARE guidelines, developed by an international group of experts, are  designed to increase the accuracy, transparency, and usefulness of case reports.  Since publication in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology of the 2013 CARE statement and the 2017 CARE elaboration and explanation article, these guidelines have been endorsed by multiple medical journals and translated into more than ten languages. The CARE guidelines support the efforts of the Equator Network to improve the transparency and accuracy of health research reporting. Online training in writing case reports is available from Scientific Writing in Health and Medicine (SWIHM). Here are how some healthcare stakeholder groups benefit when case reports are written following these guidelines:

  • Patients can review transparent information on therapeutic options. Clinicians improve peer-to-peer communication.
  • Researchers use testable hypotheses from clinical settings (Driggers 2016).
  • Educators have examples to support case-based learning.
  • Authors receive guidance on writing accurate and transparent case reports.
  • Medical Journal support in the evaluation of case reports.
Case Study Guidelines
Set of guidelines for the medical community to facilitate systematic data collection
CARE Guidelines.pdf
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