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ID 26406
  Title The value of case reports as clinical evidence
Journal Chiropr J Aust. 2020 ;47(1):29-43
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Article

Methods: To present a narrative of contemporary views of the hierarchical biomedical evidence pyramid and then apply from Western philosophical thinking the qualitative principles of ‘aboutness’ and ‘consilience’ to the preparation of a chiropractic case report and demonstrate the manner in which these tools increase the report’s evidential value. 

Discussion: The common biomedical evidence pyramid is reported by some to be flawed with little application in chiropractic practice; indeed, some health disciplines are forming new evidential hierarchies presenting a need in chiropractic to reconsider the evidential value of case reports. Palmer case reports have been a consistent feature of chiropractic and should now be written in accord with the CARE Guidelines. When written in this manner and interpreted through the philosophical lenses of aboutness and consilience, the significance to clinicians has the potential of being elevated without compromising evidence-based care. 

Conclusion: Case reports represent high evidential value for chiropractors. Appropriately utilised, case reports have the potential to improve the methodological design of clinical trials, thereby improving patient care.

Author keywords: Case Reports; Evidence-Based; CARE Guidelines; Philosophy; Evidence Pyramid

Author affiliations: PE: Chiropractic Educator, Japan, Philippines; MD: Private Practice of Chiropractic, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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