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  1. Sprang, Sherri M. BSN, RN


The case study is a popular teaching strategy frequently used in academic settings. Currently, little evidence is found to support hospital-based educators using case studies to promote enhanced problem-solving, decision-making, and critical-thinking abilities. Department orientation and the improvement of patient outcomes are two examples of the use of case studies discussed in this article. Criteria for choosing and implementing an effective case study also are reviewed.