Case report and case series

Pankajakshan Vijayanthi Indu, Karunakaran Pillai Vidhukumar
2020 Kerala Journal of Psychiatry  
Case reports/series are the basic types of descriptive epidemiologic studies. The distinction between case reports and case series on the one hand, and case series and descriptive/analytic epidemiologic studies, on the other hand, is not sharp. History of medicine has demonstrated how case reports/series had generated or furthered medical knowledge in many situations. External validity and novelty are the key advantages of these studies. They act as 'screening studies' for deductive
more » ... ductive epidemiological research. Case reports/series are fraught with biases and lack of strength of evidence to inform clinical decision making. To generate evidence-based information, authors of case reports/series should give attention to the guidelines for maintaining of methodological rigour.
doi:10.30834/kjp.33.1.2020.197 fatcat:3prps7oc55cghccyzl3gq4juba