How to Write a Medical Case Study Report
1. Select a case.
Keep an eye open for patients who have rare or unusual illnesses. These are the types of cases that are often selected for publication. Also, pay attention to treatment plans that have an unexpected positive or negative outcome.
Speak with senior physicians about patients whose illnesses would make an interesting case study report. Senior physicians can be a valuable source of information. They may have notes for a report for which they need assistance writing. You may also want to choose additional colleagues to contribute to the report.
2. Research the case.
Review the current literature on the diagnosis or treatment that will be the focus of your case study report. Seek assistance from your hospital's library staff. Librarians can help you find journal articles or books that provide the most current information on your topic of interest. This information will be a significant part of your paper once you begin writing.
3. Collect patient information and consent.
Medical ethics requires that the patient who is the focus of your medical case study report provide written consent. Many journals have their own consent forms that must be completed and signed by the patient before you submit your report.
Gather the patient's demographic information (age, medical history, medication use, current and past diagnoses, etc.). Provide detailed information about the patient so your audience will be well informed about the case.
Collect copies of the patient's labs, x-rays or any clinical photographs.
4. Write the medical case study report.
Follow the standard format for the report: abstract, introduction, case presentation, discussion, conclusion and references. Include additional information as outlined in the writer's guidelines for the publication to which you are submitting.
The abstract can be written after you have completed the report, since it is a short summary of the entire paper.
5. Submit your medical case study report to a professional journal.