==Guidelines for writing Case reports/Case studies/Innovations/New Procedures==
Physicians and researchers are invited to contribute this edition of Charak Samhita by submitting case reports based of clinical experiences in Ayurveda practice. Furthermore, the innovations/modifications in procedures either in pharmaceutical preparations or in Panchakarma/additions as per current practices can also be reported in this section. The format is based on CARE Guidelines and General Case paper format followed in Ayurveda practice. The Narrative: A case report tells a story in a narrative format that includes the presenting concerns, clinical findings, diagnoses, interventions, outcomes (including adverse events), and follow-up. The narrative should include a discussion of the rationale for any conclusions and any take-away messages.
Clinical experiences on current practices of any concept of Charak Samhita, any herb, any drug formulations, Panchakarma procedures, upakrama can also be submitted for publication in the format with appropriate modifications.
- 1 Submission Procedure
- 2 Check list and important headings
- 3 Reference
- The case reports can be submitted online through authors login or in MS Word file submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no word limit to quality case reports, however, the precise information shall be submitted as per given format.
- The case reports/studies will be published online on www.charaksamhita.com after screening. All case studies will be open for discussion and subjected to online reviews.
- The best case study will be awarded twice in a year.
- There is no charge for submission and publication online.
- The author(s) will solely be responsible for originality version and authenticity of content. Any type of copyrighted material shall not be submitted without prior permission.
Check list and important headings
The words "case report' (or "case study) should appear in the title along with phenomenon of greatest interest (e.g. symptom, diagnosis, test, intervention, procedure terms as per Ayurveda literature) (English equivalents can be given in bracket)
The key elements of this case in 2-5 words enlisting Sanskrit terms used in Samhita and relevant English terms
- Introduction— What does this case add?
- Case Presentation:
- The main symptoms of the patient
- The main clinical findings
- The main diagnoses and intervention;
- The main outcomes
- Conclusion—What were the main Take-away" lessons from this case?
In case of modified techniques of procedures, the basic procedure and modified procedure can be described in brief. Then the advantages and disadvantages can be described with important outcomes.
Brief background summary of this case referencing the relevant Ayurveda or medical literature shall be presented.
- Demographic information (eg, age, gender, ethnicity, occupation,Prakriti (dosha dominance in constitution) , Satmya(adabtability) )
- Main symptoms of the patient (his or her chief complaints)
- Medical, family, and psychosocial history— including diet, lifestyle, and genetic information whenever possible, and details about relevant comorbidities including past interventions and their outcomes
- Important Dashavidha parikshya bhava
- Describe the relevant physical examination (PE) findings
- Describe dosha, ashamsha kalpana, dushya, srotasa, samprapti ghataka (all pathogenetic factors)
- Depict important dates and times in this case (table or figure) in this section
- Diagnostic methods (e.g. Darshana, Sparshana, Prashna pariksha, Ashtavidha Pariksha, Physical examination (General examination and local examination) laboratory testing, imaging, questionnaires)
- Diagnostic challenges (e.g. financial, language/cultural)
- Diagnostic reasoning including other diagnoses considered
- Prognostic characteristics (e.g. staging/sadhya-asadhyata parameters) where applicable
- Types of intervention (e.g. Panchakarma procedure details, pharmacologic, surgical, preventive, self-care, diet, lifestyle measures )
- Administration of intervention (eg, dosage, strength, duration)
- Changes in Intervention (with rationale)
Follow-up and Outcomes
- Summarize the clinical course of all follow-up visits including
- Clinician and patient-assessed outcomes
- Important follow-up test results (positive or negative)
- Intervention adherence and tolerability (and how this was assessed)
- Adverse and unanticipated events
- The strengths and limitations of the management of this case
- The relevant medical literature
- The rationale for conclusions (including assessments of cause and effect)
- The main "take-away" lessons of this case report
The patient should share his or her perspective or experience whenever possible ( Audio/video file can also be submitted if available).
Did the patient give informed consent? Please provide if requested.
- Gagnier et. al. Journal of Medical Case Reports 2013,7:223 available on (http://www.imedicalcasereports.eom/content/7/l/223)