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MLT 220 - Clinical Microbiology I - Trotman: How to Write a Case Study

Levels of Clinical Evidence

This pyramid outlines different types of clinical medical studies and how they relate to each other.

For more information about the categories:
http://himmelfarb.gwu.edu/tutorials/studydesign101/

Why Case Studies/Reports?

Randomized clinical trial (RCT) can fail to demonstrate the richness of individual patient characteristics. Given the unpredictable nature of medicine, a patient may present in an unusual way, have a strange new pathology, or react to a medical intervention in a manner not seen before. The publication of these novelties as case reports is a fundamental way of conveying medical knowledge....Case reports can have the following functions: (I) descriptions of new diseases; (II) study of mechanisms; (III) discovery new therapies; (IV) recognition of side effects; and (V) education.

  -https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4256250/#r4

 

Case Study Example: First reports of the AIDS Virus

Find Case Study Scenarios

In the book, Guide to Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests (call number: RB38.2 .D36 2014), there are several scenarios or set-ups for a case study. They demonstrate how to start creating the information for your case study. This book is in the library on the second floor.