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Writing a Case Report

Guide to support your work on a case report.

Criteria for Writing Good Case Reports

Online Resources

Articles on Writing a Case Report

Gagnier JJ, Kienle G, Altman DG, Moher D, Sox H, Riley D, et al.  The CARE guidelines: consensus-based clinical case reporting guideline development. Case Reports. 2013 Oct 23;2013(oct23 1):bcr2013201554–bcr2013201554.

Rison RA. A guide to writing case reports for the Journal of Medical Case Reports and BioMed Central Research Notes. J Med Case Rep. 2013 Nov 27;7(1):239. doi: 10.1186/1752-1947-7-239. PubMed PMID: 24283456; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3879062.

"This informal editorial outlines the process and mechanics of how and when to write a case report, and provides a brief look into the editorial process behind each of these complementary journals along with the author’s anecdotes in the hope of inspiring all authors (both novice and experienced) to write and continue writing case reports of all specialties. Useful hyperlinks are embedded throughout for easy and quick reference to style guidelines for both journals."

McCarthy LH, Reilly KE. How to write a case report. Fam Med. 2000 Mar;32(3):190-5. PubMed PMID: 10726220.  A basic, clear explanation of the purpose and organization of a case report.  See Figure 1 (p. 192) for a case report worksheet.