How to write a case brief for law school: Excerpt reproduced from Introduction to the Study of Law:
While case studies cannot provide specific guidance for the management of successive patients, they are a record of clinical interactions which help us to frame questions for more rigorously designed clinical studies. Case studies also provide valuable teaching material, demonstrating both classical and unusual presentations which may confront the practitioner.
Quite obviously, since the overwhelming majority of clinical interactions occur in the field, not in teaching or research facilities, it falls to the field practitioner to record and pass on their experiences.
However, field practitioners generally are not well-practised in writing for publication, and so may hesitate to embark on the task of carrying a case study to publication.
These guidelines are intended to assist the relatively novice writer — practitioner or student — in efficiently navigating the relatively easy course to publication of a quality case study. Authors may decide that the particular circumstances of their case study justify digression from our recommendations.
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Writing a biomedical research paper. Springer Japan KK, General Instructions This set of guidelines provides both instructions and a template for the writing of case reports for publication.
You might want to skip forward and take a quick look at the template now, as we will be using it as the basis for your own case study later on. While the guidelines and template contain much detail, your finished case study should be only to 1, words in length. Therefore, you will need to write efficiently and avoid unnecessarily flowery language.
After this brief introduction, the guidelines below will follow the headings of our template. Hence, it is possible to work section by section through the template to quickly produce a first draft of your study.
To begin with, however, you must have a clear sense of the value of the study which you wish to describe. Therefore, before beginning to write the study itself, you should gather all of the materials relevant to the case — clinical notes, lab reports, x-rays etc.
Another important general rule for writing case studies is to stick to the facts. A case study should be a fairly modest description of what actually happened.
Speculation about underlying mechanisms of the disease process or treatment should be restrained. Field practitioners and students are seldom well-prepared to discuss physiology or pathology.
This is best left to experts in those fields.
The thing of greatest value that you can provide to your colleagues is an honest record of clinical events. Editorial or promotional remarks do not belong in a case study, no matter how great our enthusiasm.
It is best to simply tell the story and let the outcome speak for itself. The title page will contain the full title of the article. Remember that many people may find our article by searching on the internet. They may have to decide, just by looking at the title, whether or not they want to access the full article.Write the body of your case study.
A thorough discussion of your research and findings should be written in an engaging way. Remember that a case study is supposed to provide a solution to an existing problem, so your paper should tell a story using formal language, allowing the reader to reach your conclusion along with you.
Guidelines to the writing of case studies.
Dr. Brian Budgell, DC, PhD * Therefore, you will need to write efficiently and avoid unnecessarily flowery language.
Case presentation: This is the part of the paper in which we introduce the raw data. First, we describe the complaint that brought the patient to us.
Case reports include the presentation, course, and clinical outcome, in addition to a literature review of the crucial issues related to the case. The literature review helps you convey your thoughts and ideas in the context of what others have written on the topic.
The literature review for a case study research paper is generally structured the same as it is for any college-level research paper.
The difference, however, is that the literature review is focused on providing background information and enabling historical interpretation of the subject of analysis in relation to the research problem the case. Sample Review of a Graded Paper This document contains an excerpt of a student's graded paper with sample feedback from the Writing Center.
Please click on the file to view. Discussion: The main purpose of the discussion is to review why decisions were made and extract the lesson from the case. Not uncommonly, reports from the literature, or their absence, are cited that either directly support or contradict the findings of the case.