MSF has realized that due to work in extremely challenging conditions with a high turnover of clinical staff in the field, precious clinical knowledge is being lost in particular with regard to complex case management in resource-limited settings.
More generally, there is a significant gap in the scientific literature when it comes to medical case reports from developing country contexts. This is probably because in the past more emphasis has been put on epidemiological studies than on descriptive clinical reports. But case reports have their own special role to play in public health and are important pedagogical tools.
To begin collecting evidence around case management in humanitarian and resource limited settings, MSF and Oxford University are launching a publishing and training initiative: the Clinical Case Reporting Project. MSF has partnered with The EQUATOR Network and The Global Health Network to ensure we are reaching the right community and adopting rigorous approach to case reporting and dissemination of knowledge to communities of practice.
The purpose of the survey is:
1) To understand what clinicians see as the value and potential of case reporting as a source of medical evidence;
2) To help us develop specific case reporting guidelines for clinicians working in humanitarian and low-resource settings;
3) To have your feedback as to the most effective means for ensuring published case reports reach their target audience.
This survey is also available in French. To participate, please click on one of the language options below:
Thank you in advance for your time in completing this survey and sharing it with your colleagues.
If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Dr Marta Balinska, Médecins Sans Frontières, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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