Writing a global health case report
The editor in chief of BMJ Case Reports guides you through the writing process
- By: Seema Biswas
What makes our patients ill? Writing a global health case report gives you the opportunity to take a step back and consider the wider determinants of health that affect populations, not just individual patients. The study of global health recognises taking an individual approach to treating patients does not always deal with the underlying problems that caused them to present in the first place. Michael Marmot, director at the Institute of Health Equality at University College London, says, “What good does it do to treat people’s illnesses and send them back to the conditions that made them sick?”1 For example, you could prescribe antibiotics for a patient with pneumonia, but what good is it if you send them back to the same cold and damp housing where they acquired the pneumonia in the first place?
To make a difference in the lives of patients we must look at the causes