Author Guide

Author Guide
Checklist - Case Report Manuscript

Case reports provide a detailed overview of specific best practices, diseases, technologies, or patient populations.

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Case Report Rating Questions Yes No N/A
Topic is appropriate for the scope of the Journal
Manuscript validates the body of knowledge
Manuscript adds to the body of knowledge
Clearly states purpose of the article
Concisely summarizes the relevant facts of the case
Contains a summary of the study’s background, discussion and conclusion
Describes the case report design (retrospective [looking back at factors related to an established outcome] vs. prospective [watching for outcomes during the study period])
States purpose of the manuscript clearly
Presents similarities in the literature
Presents variations in the literature
Presents gaps in the literature
Describes the relevance to practice
Includes information regarding IRB approval or exemption
Case Description:
Includes a chronologic, detailed description of the case, including demographic and medical history
Includes relevant procedural information
Describes the management of the medical case, including appropriateness criteria
Describes the treatment
Describes the patient assessment measures and outcomes
Ensures patient confidentiality by conforming to HIPAA requirements
The discussion draws conclusions supported by the findings of the case report
The discussion integrates findings with related literature
The discussion addresses implications of the results for evidence-based practice
The conclusion describes what can be learned from this particular case study
Figures and Tables:
Includes figures and tables of sufficient quality
Includes a sufficient number of figures and illustrations
Manuscript is organized and has logical flow
Manuscript uses appropriate and current terminology
Manuscript uses appropriate headings
Manuscript is free of redundancy
Manuscript follows AMA writing guidelines
Manuscript adheres to the proper mechanics of writing
Are timely or historically significant
Appropriately support the material presented
Are sufficient
Are correctly cited in the text and reference list