What is a clinical case study?

There is one simple approach that can bring structure and focus to any clinical case discussion, and allows a group of clinicians to address both the biomedical and psychosocial aspects of patient care. Few clinicians or educators seem to know about it, and yet just about anyone can apply it, whether they have had training in the method, or have only observed it once or twice and grasped some simple rules. It combines the features of routine team conversations and collaborative learning groups, and can be used for conversations lasting anything from a few minutes to an hour. The method is known as “a reflecting team”.

Reflecting teams originated in the world of mental health care,8 but have been successfully adapted in order to train doctors and health professionals in the skills needed for supervision and effective case discussions.