Transcript: Case Reports

Sarah Wright, Clinical Librarian, discusses how the library can help with case reports.


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Hello and welcome to the Health Sciences Library series of orientation videos.

My name is Sarah Wright, and I’m a clinical librarian here at the Health Sciences Library.

Today, I’m going to briefly discuss how HSL can help you prepare and create a case report presentation and publication.

In preparing to write or present a case report there are three steps to this process: number one finding statistics and clinical information, number two finding images to add to your case report, and number three case report examples and templates.

You probably will want to review related scientific and medical literature by finding statistics and clinical information for the discussion session of your case report presentation.

Besides PubMed, two great databases you can use to find clinical information are Up-To-Date and Clinical Key.

Both databases can be found on the HSL website in the blue box on the HSL homepage.

For both of these databases you can search by Keyword for the condition or disease you’re trying to locate.

Images always add to the presentation of the case report. If you’re unable to use patient-specific scans or X-Rays, finding other images will add to your case report presentation.

HSL librarians have developed a guide to find medical and health images. In this guide we discuss fair use and copyright for images used in a presentation, finding databases of images that are available for open access use, and a list of images databases.

The Clinical Key Database also contains over 1500 clinical images.

It is always helpful to look at other case report examples as you create your own.

There are three websites that contain helpful information for the development of a case report.

First, Biomed Central has created two websites regarding case reports. The first website, a guide to writing and using case reports contains articles about writing case reports in various specialty areas such as neurology and nephrology.

Next a guide to writing case reports from Biomed Central details the process for writing a case report from the background for a case report to a brief summary for each section of the case report.

Finally the last link takes us to the case reports website created by the CARE Group. The CARE guidelines provide a framework that supports transparency and accuracy in the publication of case reports and the reporting of information from patient encounters.

CARE provides templates for writing a case report and also specific guidelines for each section of the case report writing.

Case report examples are also displayed in this website.

If you are having trouble finding the information you need, please do not hesitate to contact HSL librarians by using the Ask a Librarian or chat feature service on the HSL homepage.

I hope this brief video has given you valuable information as you start the process for writing a case report. Thank you.

Last modified: 04/15/20