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Rehabilitation Research Boot Camp: Publishing Case Reports & Series

presented by Chad Cook, PT, PhD, MBA, FAPTA, FAAOMPT

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Financial: Chad Cook receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. He also is a research consultant for Hawkins Foundation of the Carolinas. Chad Cook receives royalties from Pearson education, Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Association, AgenceEBP, and is a paid associate editor for JOSPT.

Non-Financial: Chad Cook is a senior associate editor for BJSM and is an editorial board member for J Physiotherapy and JMMT.

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What are the most common forms of papers written by clinicians, students and residents? Case reports and case studies. Case reports and case studies are two forms of study designs that provide value when describing unique cases, rare diagnoses, or treatment interventions that require great specificity. Each of these is cited poorly, thus most journals do not accept these for publication. This course discusses how to write, critique and publish a case report or case study.

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Chad Cook, PT, PhD, MBA, FAPTA, FAAOMPT

Chad Cook, PT, PhD, MBA, FAPTA, FAAOMPT, is a professor at Duke University and the program director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy division with a Category A appointment in the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He is a clinical researcher, physical therapist, and profession advocate with a long-term history of clinical care excellence and service…

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1. Why Publish?

Chapter one discusses the publishing of a case report/study and some of the challenges associated with this. The module discusses the advantages to publishing and how this might be advantageous to a clinician’s career.

2. Case report, Case Study, or Case Series?

Chapter two discusses the different forms of single subject studies, including case reports, case studies and case series. The nuances of each are described as well as a discussion of how to best represent each.

3. How to Write a Case Report/Case Study

Chapter three provides the recommendation of how to write a case study/report; with particular emphasis on the CARE guidelines and the Equator Network. This model provides a step-by-step process for what to write, what to emphasize, and how to report the information.

4. Tips for Publishing Your Case Report

Chapter four provides tips from the literature and from an experienced editorial board member on the focus material of how to get published. The module discusses the best journals that accept case reports, grey literature and predatory journals.

5. Guidelines and Scoring

Chapter five re-introduces the learner to the CARE guidelines and introduces the reader to other checklists and recommendations for publishing case reports/studies from other publishing groups.

6. Strengths and Weaknesses of Case Reports/Case Studies

Chapter six is likely the most useful and impactful module in the course. This module discusses the pros and cons of case studies/reports and what the author can and cannot suggest in a publication.

7. Summary

Chapter seven provides take away points, suggested readings, and salient aspects of the course. This chapter does not focus on a specific objective but introduces the learner to additional material that may be useful in understanding the material.

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