The purpose of a Case Study is to develop and demonstrate an understanding of a real-life case, and make a decision about it.

Case Studies are common in Health Studies, where patient case notes are usually produced.

A typical structure in this case is:

Introduction

Presentation and investigation of the case

Recommendation(s)

The tasks below will give you some examples of recommendations and practice in writing them.

Task 1

When writing a recommendation, organisation is important. Look at the following section of a patient case report and put the sentences in order.

Listen to the text afterwards to check your answer.

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Task 2

There are many ways to give recommendations. Look at the following section of a patient case report and identify the phrases used to give recommendations.

Listen to the text afterwards to check your answer.

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Task 3

There are many ways to give recommendations. Look at the following section of a patient case report and identify the phrases used to give recommendations.

Listen to the text afterwards to check your answer.

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Task 4

It is important to give reasons for your recommendations. Look at the following section of a patient case report and match the recommendations with their reasons.

Listen to the text afterwards to check your answer.

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Task 5

Listen to the following section of a patient case report and identify the recommendations given. Pay attention to the way the recommendations are written.

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Task 6

Look at the following section of a patient case report and choose the correct verb form for the recommendations.

Listen to the text afterwards to check your answer.

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Task 7

Nominal groups - phrases based on nouns rather than verbs - are common in writing at university. Listen to the following recommendation from patient case notes and identify the nominal groups.

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Task 8

In Tasks 1–7, you will have seen several ways in which recommendations can be given. You will have noticed that some recommendations are stronger than others. 

Drag the following statements into order according to the strength of the recommendation. Put the strongest at the top.

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