If you are assigned a medical report you will need to be clear, concise, accurate, and fully supported. Medical reports are a type of document that requires precision of thought, objectivity, and clearly identified sources for all assertions.
You should follow all the usual rules for writing exposition, with some added requirements. Considering that people’s health and life can depend on the information in your medical report, it deserves the best thinking, research and writing that you can accord it. Let’s discuss some possible assignments and strategies here.
Medical case reports document an individual patient
One of the traditional tools for the sharing and advancement of knowledge in healthcare has been the medical case report. You should know that
- This genre is exceedingly rigid and formal in order, content, and style.
- If you listen to how senior professors at your institution present their findings – you cannot go far wrong by copying them!
- You will probably be assigned a case, but if given a choice, pick a patient with whom you can speak. The patient’s input can be helpful.
Medical reports have made medical history
Famous case studies have transformed medicine, for example, the first description of a heart transplant. You could contribute, as well, although economic pressures on scholarly journals have severely restricted the volume of cases published.
- Begin with a brief abstract or summary
- Start with the patient’s condition when you examined them, including the basic information on:
- Vital signs.
- Then describe their
- Work history (including potential sources of disease agents)
- Symptom history
- Test results including negative findings
- Treatment and any response
- Give an objective assessment of possible diagnosis and suggestions for further possible steps if the patient is still alive.
These journals offer examples of case studies
Case Reports in Medicine
Journal of Medical Case Reports
BMJ Case Reports
Radiology Case Reports
Journal of Radiology Case Reports
Journal Of Surgical Case Reports
Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
The following are guidelines for a medical report with legal implications
Medical reports highlight a particular disease or treatment technique
In this type of paper, you will research all available references on the disease, focusing on the most current. However, you should also read, understand, and reference earliest mentions of the disease, drug, or surgical intervention as well, for completeness. Cite correctly!