Submitting Case Reports

Goals of Case Reports Submitted for Journal Publication

  • Increase research literacy and stimulate research.
  • Provide forum for individuals to present their experiences and enhance professional development.
  • Responsibility of a profession to forward the field and gain further acceptance.
  • Share information - will be of interest to others.
  • Make CST available and understandable to as many people as possible.

Tips developing your Case Report

  • Use only one treatment modality and use reliable measures to assess progress.
  • Synthesize data and present it only once - You don't need to present all the data you collect - Be clear and concise.
  • Don't use "I" or "we" - use "the author(s)".

Pre and Post Measurements

It is important to have a form of pre- and post-measurements to quantify the changes that occurred due to the treatment. Here are some ideas for simple yet meaningful measurements:

  • McGill Pain Rating Index (PRI) – A questionnaire is used to evaluate a person's pain level and pain triggers. It was developed by Dr. Melzack at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
  • Visual Analog Scales - Numeric Pain Rating Scale (NRS) – This is perhaps one of the most commonly used pain scales in healthcare. The client rates their pain level on a scale from 0 to 10 - 0 indicates the absence of pain, while 10 represents the most intense pain possible.
  • The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), created by Dr. Aaron T. Beck, is a 21-question multiple-choice self-report inventory, one of the most widely used instruments for measuring the severity of depression. The questionnaire is designed for individuals aged 13 and over.
  • Range of Motion, use of Goniometers.
  • Photos of pre- and post- changes.
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  • Blood Pressure
  • Strength testing
  • Functional Changes - Bed mobility, gait with/without assistive device, sit to stand, housekeeping, self-care, get dressed (various garments), dry hair
  • Medication forms with patient reporting on name, dose and frequency, which will assess changes in medications that might occur during course of treatment
  • Other simple measures
    • number of steps
    • number of hours slept
    • number of hours in pain, etc.

Writing the Case Report - Summarizing your Findings

Sample Case Report

How To Write a Case Report

Case Report Form

Please send any related charts, graphs or other attachments for your Case Report to the following email:

Please include your name and reference your Case Report.