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Publishing a case study

Discussion in 'Physician Scientists' started by TheRock, Nov 4, 2002.

  1. TheRock

    TheRock Junior Member
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    Aug 15, 2002
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    My PI gave me a project last summer using someone's blood and originally we were going to publish our findings, but after writing a rough draft, my PI thinks it would be better publish the results as a case study. Is their a difference (one better than the other) between publishing a case study vs. some research findings? The paper will basically be research findings in the form of a case study using a specific individual for the case study, so I really don't see a difference between the two... is there any?
  2. Vader

    Vader Dark Lord of the Sith
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    Jun 4, 2001
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    A case study usually describes some phenomenon in a small number of patients (often just one), which although not statistically significant, communicates an interesting finding. If there is only one patient being described, then a case report is appropriate.

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