Clinical Case Reports
Clinical Case Reports: represent the most basic type of study design, in which researchers describe the experience of a single person. Case reports and case series describe individuals who develop a particular new disease or condition. Case reports can provide compelling reading because they present a detailed account of the clinical experience of individual study subjects. Dr. Alex Jimenez discusses both as he conducts his own case reports.
A case study is a method of research that is commonly used in social sciences. It is a research strategy that investigates a phenomenon within a real context. They are based on in-depth investigation of a single person, group or event to explore the how of underlying problems/causes. It includes quantitative evidence and relies on multiple sources of evidence.
Case studies are an invaluable record of clinical practices of a profession. They do not provide specific guidance for the management of successive patients but they are a record of clinical interactions which help to frame questions for more rigorously designed clinical studies. They provide valuable teaching material, which demonstrate both classical and unusual information that can confront the practitioner. However, the majority of clinical interactions occur in the field and so it’s up to the practitioner to record and pass on the information. Guidelines are intended to assist the relatively novice writer, practitioner or student to efficiently navigate the study to publication.
In medicine, clinical case reports are a scientific detailed documentation of the symptoms, signs, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of an individual patient. Case reports can contain a demographic profile of the patient, however, they usually describe an unusual occurrence. Case reports are the traditional method in medicine and scientific publication. Case reports describe and analyze the diagnosis and the management of one or two patients. This is the first line of evidence in health care. A case report is used to disseminate information on unusual clinical syndromes, disease associations, unusual side effects from certain therapies, or responses to certain forms of treatment. Case reports have been used for years as a means to teach health science students and can be a valuable learning experience for author and reader. They are well read, and easily accessible. For Answers to any questions you may have please call Dr. Jimenez at 915-850-0900
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