MNHS: Health sciences case report
What is the purpose of a case report?
A case report in health sciences is a detailed report of the symptoms, signs, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of an individual patient. In responding to a clinical scenario, case reports provide an opportunity for you to develop your critical thinking as they require you to question, analyse, evaluate and make judgements regarding how you would approach and respond to a patient-based scenario as a healthcare professional.
Tips for successfully writing a case report View
|Ensure that you comprehensively and systematically assess the patient. Be guided by the assessment task details and approaches that have been covered in the unit.|
|Consult a range of academic sources when considering the circumstances of the case, and critically discuss their application to the patient throughout the case report.|
|Ensure that interventions are well structured, written with a high degree of clarity and consider psychosocial issues.|
|Follow any provided templates or suggested structures when planning and writing your case report. Expectations may vary between units.|
The following sample illustrates how some of these expectations may be met in a written case report. Throughout the sample a lecturer has provided constructive feedback to highlight areas that are well written and areas that require attention.