Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA)
Guide to Writing a Case Study
A good case study:
Case Study Abstract
1. Question: In one sentence, describe the question, problem, dilemma, situation, event, objective, or challenge being described by the case study.
2. Setting: Describe the institution or location where the case occurred.
3. Method: Provide an outline of the strategy adopted and why these tactics were chosen. Describe any data collected.
4. Main results: Discuss the outcome or result, including data, if available, to support your assessment of the outcome.
5. Conclusion: Conclude with a summary of your accomplishment, what lessons can be learned from this case, how you would approach a similar problem again, potential applications, and recommendations for continuing or future work.
For more information, see:
1. Kanter SL. Toward better descriptions of innovations. Acad Med. 2008 Aug;83(8):703–4.
2. Gottschlich M. Writing basics: elements of the case study. J Am Diet Assoc. 2000 Nov;100(11):1293–5.
3. Starr S Making the case: solutions for tough times [editorial]. J Med Libr Asso. 2009 Apr;97(2):73–4.
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Last Updated: 2009 December 02