Case reports have historically been important in
(1) recognizing new or rare diseases
(2) evaluating the therapeutic effects, adverse events, and costs of interventions; and
(3) improving problem-based medical education .
Case reports provide evidence for effectiveness in a real-world setting, whereas clinical trials provide evidence for the efficacy of interventions in a controlled setting. Case reports today make up an increasing percentage of the articles in peer reviewed medical journals and have improved our understanding of AIDS and Zika virus infections and the side effects of thalidomide. Clinician assessed outcomes can be reported in case reports, patient reported outcome measures such as PROMIS developed by the NIH or the SF-12 developed by RAND mesure patient assessed outcomes. Systematic data collection from the point of following the CARE guidelines provides evidence documenting the effectiveness—or harms—of interventions and also provides feedback on clinical practice guidelines. (excerpted from CARE.org)
2013 CARE Checklist (Case Reports Guidelines)
Review the above list for publishers of case reports. The Library has reviewed this list and they are all from reputable publishers. Some of these are Open Access and some are traditional subscription-based journals (article processing fees may be subject to change).
The references below offer lists and suggestions of journals that accept and/or specialize in publishing case reports. Note that we have not vetted ever journal listed and the same it is your responsibility to check the reputation before you submit. Refer to our other guide on Predatory Publishing.
Also check your favorite journals to see if they accept case reports.
PROMIS® is a publicly available system of highly reliable, precise measures of patient-reported health status for physical, mental, and social well-being. This web-based resource can be used to measure health symptoms and health-related quality of life domains such as pain, fatigue, depression, and physical function, which are relevant to a variety of chronic diseases, including cancer. PROMIS was successful in addressing the lack of standardization in patient-reported outcomes (PROs); although many ways to measures PROs existed, there had been little comparability among them.
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