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PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
August, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 08
How To Write a Case Report: The Introduction Section
By Jerrilyn Cambron, LMT, DC, MPH, PhD
As a massage therapist, you are on the front lines of client care. Aside from caring for clients, many practitioners would like to get involved in the research efforts, but they just aren't sure how.But you can shape the research that is being conducted in the scientific community by writing a case report based on a client within your own practice. You do not have to be a scientist or researcher to contribute to the body of knowledge within your profession. Case reports are the perfect way for you to get involved.
A case report is an article in a scientific publication that describes a practitioner's experience with a particular case. At times, researchers read such cases and become inspired to pursue bigger studies on the topic. But to get a case report published in a journal, these reports must be written based on the journal's instructions to authors. We have previously discussed this and several other important preliminary steps in "Writing a Case Report: Where to Start" in the March 2011 issue of Massage Today.
Research articles are usually divided into sections (introduction, methods, results, discussion and conclusions). Case reports have a similar structure, except instead of methods and results sections, a case report has a "presentation of the case" section instead. Each section of a research article has a specific purpose and certain elements are expected to be present. The introduction section is the initial section that "introduces" the reader to the topic of the case. This section usually includes three parts: a brief discussion on previous research on this topic (if there is any), the significance of this case to the health care field and the objective of the case report.
The first part of the introduction is an overview of the previous research conducted on this topic. It is important to be aware of any previously published studies that might have been written, including other case reports. If other studies are published, you might need to consider whether or not your case adds to the literature so I recommended that a thorough literature search is done before you begin writing. There are many resources for finding additional literature on the topic of your case. PubMed.gov is one of the best resources because this site is run by the National Library of Medicine and includes abstracts from thousands of scientific journals from around the world. If you haven't used PubMed before, there are wonderful tutorials on their site that will help you find your way around. You could also ask your local or university librarian for help.
The best research citations to use in your introduction would be relatively new (within the past five years), from a scientific journal such as the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (www.IJTMB.org) or the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (www.bodyworkmovementtherapies.com), and covering the same or a similar topic. Typically journals do not allow you to include citations that are from a magazine, website, course or interview. Sometimes there are topics that do not have any published information on massage as a treatment option for the condition you intend to write about. In these situations, you might want to include references on the standard of care for that condition. Or you might want to include references on massage therapy for a similar condition, even if it is not the exact same condition. Ultimately, the introduction is written for the reader to get a better understanding of what is already in the literature about the condition of interest, how this condition is usually treated and perhaps why massage would be a possible alternative.
Along with some background information, the introduction should also include the significance of the case. You need to make sure the readers understand why this case is important. Actually, the significance may differ based on who your readers are. If you are writing a case report for a massage therapy journal, the case may be significant because you are describing treatment for a condition commonly seen in a massage practice. If you are writing a case report for a medical journal, the case may be significant because massage is a conservative treatment option not usually considered. Other possible reasons why the case report might be significant could be based on number of people who suffer with the condition on an annual basis or the amount of money that is spent each year on the condition. There are many different reasons why an article would be significant and it is your job to make sure the readers understand even if you think it's obvious.
The final part of the introduction should be the objective of your case report. This is usually the last sentence of the introduction, right before the start of the case description. The objective is a statement that clearly states the reason for writing your case. For example, a case report objective might read, "The purpose of this case report is to describe the decrease of pain and numbness in a client with bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome after six weeks of massage therapy."
There are several things that should NOT be included in an introduction to a case report. First, you want to introduce the topic not discuss the actual case. Therefore, you should not include details about your client until the case description section. The introduction should only give the background on why this case report was written and some background on the condition of interest. Second, be sure that you do not overstate the importance of this case or the findings. You want to remain neutral and not make sweeping statements such as, "This case will prove that massage therapy is beneficial for all patients with low back pain." Finally, to repeat a very important previous point, be sure that the references cited are scientific publications. Other sources of information are usually not acceptable.
Overall, writing case reports is a great way for massage therapists to get involved in the research efforts. The next article in this series will discuss what you should write in the case description section of the report.
Jerrilyn Cambron is a professor in the Department of Research at the National University of Health Sciences and an adjunct faculty member in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division of the School of Public Health, University of Illinois. She has taught numerous research-related courses and post-graduate seminars. She has also served as a principal investigator on research studies focused on massage therapy and chiropractic care for more than 20 years. Jerrilyn is on the board of trustees for the Massage Therapy Foundation and is the founder and principal investigator of MassageNet, a practice-based research network for massage therapists. For more, go to www.massagenet.org.
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