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Prehosp Disaster Med. 2011 Jun;26(3):202-5. doi: 10.1017/S1049023X11006406.

Value of case studies in disaster assessment?

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Centre for Radiation, Chemicals and Environmental Hazards, London, Health Protection Agency London, UK.


Case studies can be useful in assessing and learning lessons from emergency situations. In this paper, different uses for disaster case studies, are explored with identification of potential pitfalls that should be avoided. In addition, ways to improve the rigor and significance of case studies are suggested. Case studies can be used as examples or as a research tool. If conducted properly, they can provide robust and compelling results. It is argued that sharing a common guide to conducting and writing case studies among all disaster risk reduction professionals could improve the quality of case study reports and thereby strengthen their value in advancing the prevention, preparedness, and management of disasters and emergencies.

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