Writing patient case reports for publication

Deepak Juyal, Shweta Thaledi, Vijay Thawani
2013 Education for Health  
A case report is a description of a clinical case that has unique features. It may include a previously unreported clinical condition or observation of a disease, a unique use of imaging or diagnostic tool to reveal a disease, a new therapeutic intervention of a known disease, a previously unreported complication of a disease, or a new adverse event from a medication. A case report should be crisp, focused, and include few fi gures and references. A case report generally has a short
more » ... a short unstructured or no abstract, a brief or no introduction, a description of the case, a discussion and a brief conclusion. Case reports are valuable sources of new and unusual information that may stimulate further research and applicability to clinical practice. Writing case reports properly is important if they are to be accepted by journals and credible and useful to readers. Abstract Some journals do not allow abstracts for case reports. If allowed, the abstract is generally unstructured and contains 100-150 words. Allowing abstracts helps papers be more easily found through electronic databases and helps readers discern their level of interest in the case report. The case report abstract should include the age and gender of patient, salient clinical information, ultimate diagnosis, management, follow-up, and the take home messages for the reader.
doi:10.4103/1357-6283.120707 pmid:24200736 fatcat:ovucw3j5tjcgpptr2gfxribtbi