Case study guidelines
· This is a 3,000-word case study, you need to start with thinking about a patient whom you have working with and where prescribing activity is required. You will not have prescribed the medications but there should be enough background to be able to discuss the medications in use.
· Think about the issues surrounding this case and do a literature search to ensure you have enough evidence to analysis the case.
· An illustrative case study uses one or two instances of an event or phenomenon to give readers a clearer overall picture. It aims to give readers a common language and understanding about the given topic.
· It should provide new or unexpected insights into the subject. Challenge or complicate existing assumptions and theories. Propose practical courses of action to resolve a problem.
· A case study seeks to discover new understandings about a particular issue. It can also contribute to an existing body of knowledge.
· Use the RPS(Royal Pharmaceutical Society) framework to guide your case study and remember to map the framework into your academic writing.
· The introduction captures the scope and purpose of your idea; it addresses why and how the case will address the topic. When writing your introduction, try to answer these four questions:
1. Describe what you are going to do.
2. Describe why you believe your case study and the subject of analysis are essential in understanding prescribing practice.
3. Describe how your case will prove useful in exploring new knowledge about the topic.
4. Describe why your case study will provide your new ways of understanding prescribing.
5. These types of questions should be answered in a few hundred words.
· The case described: Describe why you chose to focus on this individual. What experience do you have that provides an opportunity to promote new knowledge? Include the person’s background information; this will help readers understand the importance of your experiences to your study.