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case study

(1) An in-depth analysis and systematic description of one patient or group of similar patients to promote a detailed understanding of their circumstances.
(2) Research exploring the behaviour and experiences of an individual, group, organisation, community, nation or event. Case studies enable researchers to open up wider issues around their chosen subject

An uncontrolled (prospective) or retrospective observational study involving an intervention and outcome in a single patient.
A description of an experience with a clinical practice innovation project that yields lessons that may be of interest to others.
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(a′nek-dōt″) [L. anecdota, unpublished items fr Gr. anekdoton, unpublished]
A brief report of an isolated or unique observation.
anecdotal (a″nek-dō′tălt), adjective
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In a series of tweets Thursday night, Musk contested this version of events, calling this one "of all the bogus anecdotes" in the book, the one that "troubles" him the most.
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The main challenge in using vicarious reinforcement to increase the chances of assignment completion is finding appropriate models, whose stories therapists can present in an anecdote. Sources of useful anecdotes include anyone who has carried out a similar task before and benefitted.
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Jazz Anecdotes allows the musicians to speak unabashedly, even with pride about their contributions to twentieth-century American music.
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All this was fairly routine for the Elizabethans in Ireland; what has made Gilbert famous among sixteenth-century Irish historians is a short anecdote rehearsed of him by one of his soldiers, the poet Thomas Churchyard.