Case Study Reflective Essay

What is a case study ?

A case study is a description of a real life problem or situation which requires you to analyse the main issues involved.  These issues need to be discussed and related to the academic literature and/or research findings on the topic and conclusions then drawn about why the situation  occurred and how  best to respond to it.

Why do we write case study responses?

A case study is a way to apply the theoretical knowledge gained from the academic literature to real life situations that you may encounter in your work. 

Writing a case study response enables you to

  • analyse the issues in a real life situation,
  • apply the knowledge gained from your academic reading and research and
  • draw conclusions about how to respond as a professional to that situation. 

How to write a case study response

Before you start writing, you need to carefully read the case study and make a note of the main issues and problems involved as well as the main stakeholders (persons or groups of persons who have an interest in the case).                                                  

A case study response would include the following elements:

Introduction

Introduce the main purpose of the case study and briefly outline the overall problem to be solved. 

Description

Write a brief description of the case under discussion giving an outline of the main issues involved.  Always assume that your reader knows nothing of the assignment task and provide  enough information to give a context for your discussion of the issues. 

Discussion

Discuss the issues raised one by one, using information gained from your research of the academic literature. 

Your discussion may include:

  • an outline of the issue and its implications for or relationship to different  stakeholders
  • how that issue links to theories or research in the academic literature
  • suggested solutions or ideas
  • evaluation of the solutions or ideas for this particular case

Conclusion / Recommendations

Finally, sum up the conclusions that you have come to and give recommendations to resolve the case.  Give reasons for your recommendations. 

Checklist for a case study response

Have I:

  • Carefully read the case and noted the main issues and stakeholders in the case?
  • Written a brief description of the case to give your readers a context for the main issues?
  • Discussed each issue with reference to the academic literature?
  • Evaluated the solutions or ideas for each issue to find the ones most suitable?
  • Made final recommendations of how to resolve the case?
  • Used a well structured introduction, body and conclusion?
  • Cited and referenced all of the work by other people?
  • Used correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, clear presentation and appropriate reference style?

Further information

Monash University – How to write the case study

University of New South Wales – Writing a Case Study Report in Engineering

Essay on Reflective Nursing Case Study

708 WordsMay 13th, 20143 Pages

Case Study One
In this case study I will use Gibbs (1988) model of reflection to write a personal account of an abdominal examination carried out in general practice under the supervision of my mentor, utilising the skills taught during the module thus far.

What happened
During morning routine sick parade I was presented with a 21 year old male soldier experiencing severe acute, non specific, abdominal pain. Under the supervision of the medical officer (MO) I proceeded to carry out a full assessment and abdominal examination, using Byrne and Long’s (1976) model to structure the consultation. I requested the patients’ consent before conducting the examination, as is essential before commencement of any medical procedure, be it a…show more content…

Thus allowing me to form a differential diagnosis and rule out certain causes, such as; constipation, and indigestion. Subsequently, the physical examination enabled me to confirm a diagnosis of acute abdomen. As the patient was not experiencing any worrying (red flag) symptoms associated with abdominal emergencies, such as; appendicitis or pancreatitis. However, I did forget certain aspects of the physical examination and had to be prompted by the MO. Although with more practice such incidence would be reduced.

Analysis
I was happy that I managed to rule out any distinct causes of the abdominal pain by performing the examination to collect data, analyse it, and use the results to make an appropriate decision (Schon, 1984). However, had I performed the examination without assistance I may not have gained all the information required to confirm diagnosis, as I did forget some aspects.

Conclusion
The MO seemed happy with my diagnosis and care plan, though he did highlight the importance of practicing the physical examination skills in order to become a more competent practitioner. Overall I feel gaining knowledge and skills in translating a patients’ history and physical examination results, has enabled me to become more confident in making a diagnosis and has improved my decision making skills.

Action Plan
In order to become a more capable and effective practitioner I must continue to

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