How to write a case study: top 10 tips

Publishing a case study to share what you have learnt can be a highly enjoyable and educational aspect of practice. In each print edition of Acuity, we publish a member case study, why not submit your own after reading these 10 tips?

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1. Establish a key learning point 

“A case study is a way of sharing something you have learnt in practice from a real-life experience,” says Daniel Hardiman-McCartney FCOptom, Clinical Adviser for the College. “I would encourage every optometrist to have a go.”

Typically, a case study is focused on an unusual case or clinical presentation; however, everyday cases also have their place. “If you learnt something new, or gained some unique insight, share it by writing a case study. Anything that others will learn from or find interesting is potentially of merit,” he says.

For Acuity’s Clinical Editor Kieran Loft MCOptom, a good case study is “something that makes you think, or something unusual that you only come across a few times in your career. There needs to be a key learning point, whether it’s clinical, ethical, business or something else.”

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