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Chiropractic Research Review

Disseminating the Work of Practice: How to Write a Case Report for Publication

The case report is a popular type of research design that reports on the management of one or two patients. The case report is significant because it provides practical information found in clinical practice; adds new and interesting information to the literature base; and lays the foundation for future experimental research.

Journals often receive case report manuscripts that are incorrectly formatted or are missing significant sections of their text. Many of these problems could be prevented if authors prepared their manuscripts in the appropriate format for scientific publications.

This paper provides a step-by-step guide for novice and seasoned authors on preparing case reports for publication. Included is a discussion of:

* important principles to remember when preparing a manuscript;
* reasons for submitting a case report;
* presentation styles of case reports;
* varieties of case reports;
* essential case report components; and
* step-by-step writing instructions.

The authors conclude: "Proper preparation of a case report is essential for it to be published in a credible manner. Appropriate presentation and formatting of case reports help readers understand and use the information, and also helps authors have a positive experience with the peer review and publication process."

Green BN, Johnson CD. Writing patient case reports for peer-reviewed journals: secrets of the trade. Journal of Sports Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, Sept. 2000:14(3), pp51-59.

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