On the case

14 November 2022
Autumn 2022

Clinical case studies can make a small but important contribution to the sum of clinical knowledge. Why do we need them, asks Kim Thomas, and how do you write one?

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Professionalism Leadership & accountability

Three years ago, Himali Shah MCOptom, only three years post-qualification, read an interesting clinical case study in Acuity followed by a call for people to submit their own. Just a week later, she saw a patient for a routine check-up. The patient’s only symptom was recent-onset blurred vision, but an optical coherence tomography scan revealed vitreomacular traction with an intra-retinal pseudocyst, with the potential to cause serious loss of vision.

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