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Case Report

Case Report - Growth & Development, Career Development, Ortho/Rehab OT and PT Professional Advancement and Recognition Program


This is a requirement for advancement to Expert Clinician. A Case Report is a document, potentially written for publication. Case Reports are similar to sharing experiences through conversation, but involve a more formal style of writing than a Clinical Narrative and follow a specific organization of the material presented. Case Reports reflect typical clinical practice in that they have only one pre-intervention measurement and one post-intervention measurement. Thus, the purpose of a Case Report is to describe practice and not to determine cause and effect relationships. Issues highlighted in the Case Report may include: patient/client management, ethical dilemmas, use of equipment or devices, or administrative or educational concerns. A Case Report is not equivalent to a single subject design research study which uses experimental controls and repeated measures and, therefore, may be used to show cause and effect relationships among variables. Case Reports refer to descriptions of practice that do not involve "research methodology." 

Additional Resources




Case Report Writing Guidelines 

McEwen Irene. Writing Case Reports A How-To Manual for Clinicians, 2nd ed. 

Green, B, Johnson, C.  Writing Patient Case Reports for Peer-Reviewed Journals:  Secrets of the Trade. Journal of Sports Chiropractic and Rehabilitation. 2000; No. 3.

Example Case Report Bibliography

Howard, P., Levitsky, B. Manual Therapy Intervention for a Patient With a Total Hip Arthroplasty Revision. Journal of Orthopaedics and Sports Physical Therapy. Dec 2007, 37(12):763-68.

Lewis, C, Fragala-Pinkham, M. Effects of Aerobic Conditioning and Strength Training on a Child with Down Syndrome. Pediatric Physical Therapy. Spring 2005, 17(1):30-36.

Brown, D. etc al. Limb-Loaded Cycling Program for Locomotor Intervention Following Stroke. Physical Therapy. 85(2):159-68. Feb 2005.

Pidcoe, P., Burnet, E. Rehabilitation of an Elite Gymnast With a Type II Manubriosternal Dislocation. Physical Therapy. April 2007, 87(4):468-75.

Prosser, L. Locomotor Training Within an Inpatient Rehabilitation Program After Pediatric Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury. Physical Therapy. Sept 2007, 87(9):1224-32.

Carlson, M., Hadlock, T. Physical Therapist Management Following Rotator Cuff Repair for a Patient with Postpolio Syndrome. Feb 2007, 87(2) 179-92. 

Kelm. J. et al. Physical Training During Intrahepatic Chemotherapy. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. May 2003, 84:687-90.

Sung, I-Y. et al. Efficacy of Forced-Use Therapy in Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Nov 2005, 86:2195-98.

Rosen, B. Lundberg, G. Training with a mirror in rehabilitation of the hand. Scandinavian Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Hand Surgery. 2005, 39:104-108.

Dunsky, A. et al. Motor imagery practice in gait rehabilitation of chronic post-stroke hemiparesis: four case studies. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. 2006, 29(4):351-356.

Bellany, S. et al. Physical Therapy Intervention for an Adolescent with a Knee Flexion Contracture and Diagnosis of Multiple Pterygium Syndrome. Pediatric Physical Therapy. Summer 2007, 19(2):140-147.

Combined Task-Specific Training and Strengthening Effects on Locomotor.  Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. Summer 2006, 30(3):130-141.