A digital open access repository for case reports in integrative healthcare
Case reports offer rich descriptive and observational data. Many integrative health care educational programs require their senior students to complete a case report as a final or capstone project, and a few of these occasionally get published. But the vast majority of case reports languish in file drawers and gather dust on shelves once the student graduates...and orphaned case reports become part of the unread and unavailable gray literature. Now, CaseRe3 provides a publication venue and permanent archive for student and practitioner case reports.
CaseRe3 is a resource for practitioners, educators, and researchers in the integrative healthcare disciplines. In addition to text and PDF documents, CaseRe3 supports data, audio, and video files, and uses full text indexing. So anyone can easily perform a search using any word or phrase to access the full text of a case report and its associated files, at no cost. Individual authors retain copyright to their work and license its use under a Creative Commons license.
Some of the ways that you can use CaseRe3:
Each case report is an item, and may have associated files with that item. Items are organized into collections, and a group of collections forms a community. Searching communities, practitioners can locate case reports on particular health conditions and find descriptions of treatment approaches to consider across multiple disciplines. Educators can find a rich source of teaching examples for problem-based learning, and resources for teaching case report methodology. Researchers can group case reports and their data to develop virtual case series or estimate sample sizes for larger scale studies.
CaseRe3 can store and retrieve items in many different formats in addition to .doc or .pdf. We encourage case report authors to consider creating additional files to submit with their written document, including:
- De-identified raw data files—so users can create virtual case series
- Video files—authors can use a smart phone to capture a treatment demonstration for users to see as well as read
- Audio files—authors can record a patient commentary in their own words—providing the patient's perspective and experience, and creating a rich source of qualitative data.
Plus, full text indexing eliminates the need for searching with subject headings and keywords, and faceted browsing (Discover) automatically groups similar items, making them easy to find. CaseRe3 is built on DSpace, the leading open access repository software developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in collaboration with Hewlett Packard (HP). DSpace is used by major universities and museums worldwide to house their digital libraries.