Enhancing the quality of case studies in health services research

Health Serv Res. 1999 Dec;34(5 Pt 2):1209-24.


Objective: To provide guidance on improving the quality of case studies in health services research.

Data sources: Secondary data, drawing from previous case study research.

Research design: Guidance is provided to two audiences: potential case study investigators (eight items) and reviewers of case study proposals (four additional items).

Principal findings: The guidance demonstrates that many operational steps can be undertaken to improve the quality of case studies. These steps have been a hallmark of high-quality case studies in related fields but have not necessarily been practiced in health services research.

Conclusions: Given higher-quality case studies, the case study method can become a valuable tool for health services research.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Data Collection / methods
  • Databases, Factual
  • Humans
  • Organizational Case Studies / methods*
  • Organizational Case Studies / standards*
  • Organizational Case Studies / statistics & numerical data
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / methods
  • Research Design*