Upcoming training: How to write a clinical case-study

Clinicians all have at least one case that makes us question deeper, work harder, stress more and achieve incredible outcomes. These are the cases that make us better and allow for multiple reflections that ultimately change our practice to enhance our service to our clients / patients. I have been very blessed to have a few such cases, but one stands out as being life-changing, in the best way possible, for my Occupational Therapy practice.

  • I question more deeply, analyse more carefully, am better at clinically reasoning interventions when prognosis and outcomes are unknown,
  • I believe more strongly that inter-disciplinary, collaborative practice is essential.
  • I want to advocate to reduce inequality and improve accessibility to services for clients that are particularly complex and may not meet service funding criteria.
  • I want to improve how we respond to individuals with complex postural needs as good posture is vital for participation and comfort.

Within my work, including within my clinical educator role for Spex Seating (NZ), there are often case studies that are complex and interesting, and which can better guide future interventions and enhance our evidence base. Sadly,we still have limited evidence within the field of postural care. Informing our clinical practice relies on evidence. So it got me to thinking about clinical-based evidence which drives evidence-based practice.

When I presented a case study at the EU NeuroConvention 2019, I was encouraged to write it up more formally. When I presented this same case study again at "Rise for Disability, 2019" it paved the beginnings of our Posture Care Management Special Interest Group (UK) - this group now has over 60+ subscribers nationally and internationally. When I presented this case study in a recent course in Brazil with Dr. Maria de Mello, I was again encouraged to actively pursue a formal write-up of the respective case study and it filled me with much angst and frustration.

When it comes to a case study write up, what is stopping me? And what is stopping you?

How do we turn chaos into clarity? How do we optimally document the significance of our learning with these case studies that will enhance learning and awareness?

And so a training idea was hatched. I had a 'Ta-da' moment!

I am super excited to be collaborating with Dr. Maria de Mello in building a training session that focuses on 'How to write a clinical case study,' with particular emphasis within complex postural care. 1 Scan on the QR code above to register your interest and sign up to our newsletter. Tickets can be purchased at EVENTBRITE- use Promocode L4LEB02 for a 10% discount until 1st March 2021

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We are very excited to be planning training aimed at those clinicians who just feel stuck. Allied Health professionals, Nurses and medical professionals, Orthotists and Prosthetists and Rehabilitation Engineers. All have incredible case-studies to share in the field of complex postural care but, perhaps like me, continue to delay because of challenges at the various stages of writing up a clinical case study.

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I hope we see you there!

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