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Writing and Publishing a Case Study: Guidelines for AuD Students and Practicing Audiologists

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1.  Which of the following statements best describes a published case study?
  1. Written chart notes for a clinic patient.
  2. A grand rounds presentation of an interesting patient.
  3. A data driven research study with an adequate sample of subjects.
  4. A brief publication describing patient symptoms, history, assessment, diagnosis, and management.
2.  Case studies may be used to:
  1. Reinforce best practices.
  2. Report alarming observations in a patient encounter.
  3. Convey important clinical knowledge.
  4. Case studies may be used for all of the above.
3.  Which of the following describes the historical trend for case study publications in audiology literature?
  1. The number of published case studies has decreased slightly.
  2. The number of published case studies has decreased substantially.
  3. The number of published case studies has remained stable.
  4. The number of published case studies has increased.
4.  Which of the following is a reason why reading published case studies is useful for clinical audiologists?
  1. Data in case studies are statistically significant.
  2. Case studies are published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  3. Published case studies are clinically relevant and instructive.
  4. Case studies form the basis for controlled clinical experiments.
5.  In addition to the title and abstract, which of the following is (are) components of a typical case study manuscript?
  1. Introduction
  2. Case presentation
  3. Outcome (Follow Up)
  4. All of the above are components of a typical case study manuscript
6.  The case (patient) is considered or discussed in the context of the evidence in the literature in which section of a case study manuscript.
  1. Introduction
  2. Methodology
  3. Discussion
  4. References
7.  Which of the following would be an example of a typical case study in the audiology literature?
  1. A typical normal hearing patient.
  2. A patient who was evaluated with traditional pure tone and speech audiometry.
  3. A newborn infant who underwent hearing screening with OAEs.
  4. A patient who illustrates a highly unusual pattern of test results.
8.  Which of the following is essential for publication of a case study?
  1. Informed consent from the patient.
  2. At least 20 references.
  3. No less than 3 tables and figures.
  4. A title of less than 100 characters.
9.  Who should complete informed consent for a pediatric patient?
  1. Patient
  2. Audiologist who initially evaluated the patient
  3. Parent or legal representative
  4. Any of the above
10.  Which of the following statements is NOT an accurate description of case studies?
  1. Case studies typically convey practical and clinically useful information.
  2. Case studies may highlight unique findings in patients.
  3. Case studies serve as a training tool for students and junior clinicians.
  4. Case studies must be written and published by PhD-level audiologists.

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