Case Reports and Case Series

  • Bryan Kestenbaum

Learning Objectives

  1. 1.

    Case reports and case series describe the experience of one or more people with a disease.

  2. 2.

    Case reports and case series are often the first data alerting to a new disease or condition.

  3. 3.
    Case reports and case series have specific limitations:
    1. a.

      Lack of a denominator to calculate rates of disease

    2. b.

      Lack of a comparison group

    3. c.

      Selecting study populations

    4. d.

      Sampling variation



Health Promotion Causal Relationship Disease Prevention Statistical Measure Individual Study 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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