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J Chiropr Med. 2006 Summer; 5(2): 72–82.
Published online 2006. doi:  10.1016/S0899-3467(07)60137-2
PMCID: PMC2647062

How to write a case report for publication

Abstract

Objective

This paper describes how and why to write a case report for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Methods

PubMed, the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), and the Index to Chiropractic Literature were searched from 2000 through September 2006 using the following search terms: case report, authorship, peer review, and manuscript. Relevant manuscripts were retrieved and the results were used to update a previous narrative overview of the literature.

Discussion

Commensurate with the increased use of evidence-based health care and recent changes in publication requirements, new standards are expected of case reports. Case reports should present new information to the literature and be written succinctly. The types of case reports available are discussed. Steps for preparing a case report are described based upon the current available literature.

Conclusion

Case reports are important contributions to the health sciences literature. Proper preparation of this study design is necessary in order for it to be published. A self-evaluation check sheet for authors is included to assist in the writing process.

Key Indexing Terms: Case Report, Authorship, Peer Review, research, Manuscripts

Footnotes

The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense, or the United States Government.

Sources of support: no external funding was received for this project.

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