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What is a Case Report?

A case report is a description of a unique clinical case shared in order to inform the medical community and to stimulate further research on the topic.  Case reports are a way for medical students and new physicians to get started in research.  As Juyal, et al says, case reports are a valuable component of evidence-based medicine because they are "sources of information on new and unusual clinical observations that may lead to subsequent research advances." 

For students, writing case reports improves critical thinking and writing skills and exposes students to the peer review publication process and working collaboratively with faculty and physicians.

Juyal D., Thaledi S., & Thawani V. (2013). Writing Patient Case Reports for Publication. Education for Health 26, 2: 126-129.


About This Guide

This guide will walk you step by step through the ins and outs of writing a case report.  Use the tabs above to learn more about:

  • Ways to Maximize Research Yield (publications, posters, podium presentations)
  • Significance of Authorship
  • Where to Publish
  • How to Use the Case Report Tool Kit 
  • PubMed Searches and Internet Tools
  • Section-By-Section Guide on Writing Case Reports (for Cureus)
  • Formatting References With EndNote
  • Submitting Your Work (A walkthrough in Cureus)
  • Post-Publication Dissemination

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