Journal of Clinical Case Reports

ISSN: 2165-7920

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Rehman HU

Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region, Suite 100, 2550, 12th Avenue, Regina, SK, S4P 3X1

  • Editorial
    Importance of Case Reports in Medical Literature
    Author(s): Rehman HURehman HU

    In a world of evidence-based medicine, where randomized trials are considered the gold standard of evidence, case reports and case series are at the bottom of this hierarchy. Whereas randomized control trials assess the level of uncertainty about a benefit or harm, case reports have a different fundamental function. Case reports typically highlight extremely unusual and novel findings. Case reports can rarely prove causation but generate a new hypothesis and stimulate further research. Only once a hypothesis is generated (a function of case reports), randomized trials will do final evaluation of therapies or tests. Case reports or case series are the only way to bring a new disease to the attention of the medical community. AIDS is a good example in the recent history, when astute physicians noticed immunodeficiency related diseases in a patient who had no reason to be immunodeficient.. Read More»
    DOI: 10.4172/2165-7920.1000e101

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