Abstract ID: 3621

Primary Topic: Research Methodology
Secondary Topic: Teaching, learning, and assessment

A little evidence goes a long way… how to write a high-quality case report
Melissa S Barber, MSc, ND Student, National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), Portland, OR, United States; David S Riley, MD, Scientific Writing in Health & Medicine, Portland, OR, United States

Late Breaker: No


To orient clinicians and researchers on the case report writing and publishing process.


From this workshop, attendees will become familiar with:

  • The historical relevance and application of case reports
  • Case report writing tools (i.e., CARE Guidelines and Explanation and Elaboration (E&E) document)
  • Published case report examples
  • Critical evaluation skills for reading case reports
  • Steps to writing and publishing a case report

The overall objectives are to increase reporting from the point of care, support clinicians in writing a high-quality, publishable case report, and create greater interface between clinical and research communities. 

Time Frame

  • Part I (45 min) will discuss the importance of publishing case reports, landmark case report examples, and case report writing resources, including the CARE Guidelines and Explanation and Elaboration (E&E) document
  • In Part II (45 min), presenters will discuss the components of a case report, the CARE checklist, and present examples for different case report sections
  • In Part III (45 min), attendees will be divided into groups to look over a case report example, evaluate the case report and its components and discuss the potential for case reports in integrative medicine
  • The workshop will end with addressing patient cases brought by attendees in Part IV (45 min)—discussing target audiences/journals for publication, framing cases in reference to the published medical literature, and the development of tables/figures and timelines


David S. Riley, MD and Melissa S. Barber, MSc will jointly present the topics.

Teaching/Learning Strategies

Materials include the CARE Checklist and a printed case report example; otherwise, resources will be presented electronically (i.e., PowerPoint and the web).

There will be breakout groups and a large group discussion, including a Q&A.


This workshop will include a presentation, group breakout sessions, and convening in a large group discussion.

If the program committee feels your presentation would be better suited for a different presentation type, such as a symposium (shorter format during the main meeting), would you be willing to adapt your presentation to fit the new format?


Who is the target audience of the workshop? Are there particular skills or background that are recommended as pre-requests?

Students, residents, and practicing providers from different healthcare disciplines interested in participating in practice-based research; attendees are encouraged to bring an interesting patient case from their clinical practice

Is this workshop proposed by an organization?


If yes, please name

Scientific Writing in Health & Medicine (SWIHM)

Organization's website

http://www.care-statement.org/; https://swihm.com/ [under construction]

Has the content (or substantial parts) of this workshop been previously presented or published (note: previous experience presenting the material may be considered a strength as long as continued interest is anticipated)?


Please provide Location of Presentation and/or Publication Information and date of each presentation