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The CARE Guidelines: Consensus-Based Clinical Case Reporting Guideline Development.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  24266334     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
BACKGROUND: A case report is a narrative that describes, for medical, scientific, or educational purposes, a medical problem experienced by one or more patients. Case reports written without guidance from reporting standards are insufficiently rigorous to guide clinical practice or to inform clinical study design.
OBJECTIVE: Develop, disseminate, and implement systematic reporting guidelines for case reports.
METHODS: We used a three-phase consensus process consisting of (1) pre-meeting literature review and interviews to generate items for the reporting guidelines, (2) a face-to-face consensus meeting to draft the reporting guidelines, and (3) post-meeting feedback, review, and pilot testing, followed by finalization of the case report guidelines.
RESULTS: This consensus process involved 27 participants and resulted in a 13-item checklist-a reporting guideline for case reports. The primary items of the checklist are title, key words, abstract, introduction, patient information, clinical findings, timeline, diagnostic assessment, therapeutic interventions, follow-up and outcomes, discussion, patient perspective, and informed consent.
CONCLUSIONS: We believe the implementation of the CARE (CAse REport) guidelines by medical journals will improve the completeness and transparency of published case reports and that the systematic aggregation of information from case reports will inform clinical study design, provide early signals of effectiveness and harms, and improve healthcare delivery.
Authors:
Joel J Gagnier; Gunver Kienle; Douglas G Altman; David Moher; Harold Sox; David Riley;
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Editorial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Headache     Volume:  53     ISSN:  1526-4610     ISO Abbreviation:  Headache     Publication Date:  2013 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-11-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985091R     Medline TA:  Headache     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1541-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2013 Gagnier et al.; licensee Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Affiliation:
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
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