Archive for September, 2008

Case reports: a helping hand to generalists

September 29, 2008

Have you ever been faced with a set of seemingly puzzling symptoms? In an editorial published last week, Dr Geoff Wong (pictured) explains how case reports really do have a place in general practice.

As always, we welcome your thoughts – so please do post a comment!

Editorial
Case reports: a helping hand to generalists
Geoff Wong
Journal of Medical Case Reports 2008, 2:311 (26 September 2008)
[Abstract] [Provisional PDF] [Post a comment]

Popliteal venous aneurysm diagnosed in primary care

September 24, 2008

A new case report in JMCR, ‘Diagnosing a popliteal venous aneurysm in a primary care setting‘ is one of the journal’s first to be written by general practitioners.

The report describes the case of a 68-year-old woman presenting to her general practitioner with a history of local discomfort and swelling in the right popliteal fossa, with pain during palpation. Colour Doppler ultrasonography revealed local widening and saccular dilatation in the right distal popliteal vein. Click here to read more.

We particularly welcome GPs to become involved with the journal – we know that the experience of family doctors is not often shared in the medical literature, and with JMCR and Cases Journal we offer a route for any patient’s story to be published.

Living with osteoarthritis: a patient’s perspective

September 17, 2008

Osteoarthiritis is a life-changing, degenerative joint disease. It affects millions of people worldwide, both those who live with the disease and those who care for them.

Helen Burrell, along with her GP Dr Christian Mallen and researcher Dr Jane Richardson, tells the story of how osteoarthritis affects her and her experiences of it in a primary care setting in this alternative case report.

Dr Jane Richardson says, “The idea for this report was generated by one of the authors (Helen Burrell) who was diagnosed with osteoarthritis at an early age following childhood Perthes disease. She approached her general practitioner wanting an opportunity to tell her story. Using Helens’ poems to illustrate her experiences, we have produced a multidisciplinary case report involving a patient, a sociologist and a general practitioner.

Whilst this may not fit the model for a traditional case report, the strong messages arising from this narrative are important for clinicians and researchers to consider. The emotional, social and psychological aspects of a chronic disease are frequently neglected and Helen’s experiences are both moving and thought provoking.  We feel this innovative multidisciplinary approach has much to offer and hope that patient orientated case reports become more widespread.”

This is a great example of the patient’s perspective featured in our case reports, helping to enhance the clinical details of a case by including real-life experiences of the most important person – the patient.

JMCR and Cases Journal at Wonca

September 8, 2008

wonca_logoThanks to all of you who visited us at the BioMed Central booth at the Wonca Europe conference in Istanbul last week.

It was great to meet so many who have published in JMCR and Cases Journal, and of course also all those who are new to the journals and are now looking to publish their first case report.

We will also be exhibiting at the Wonca Asia Pacific meeting in Melbourne in October, so do visit us at booth number 50 if you are attending.

Like what you see? Help us to spread the word

September 5, 2008

Why not download our poster or brand new leaflet? Our new leaflet covers all the information you need to know about publishing a case report with us – please print the PDF or email it on to your friends, colleagues. You will need Adobe Acrobat to view them.

For enquiries, help and advice on writing and publishing case reports, please contact the editorial team.