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Case Study Collaborative

The Case Study Collaborative is a joint effort between the Franklin Health Research (FHR) and the International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy (IJPHA) to capture and publish practitioner case studies while collating data for further research. 

Writing case studies need not be a daunting effort. By completing the survey below using your case notes, you are in effect creating 

the base of your case study. The editorial team of the IJPHA will review your submission and help you to polish your study for publication. Selected case studies will be published in the IJPHA with author agreement. Anonymous case notes/studies may not 

be published, but will be a part of the collective data. Data collected through this portal will be combined together for advanced 

analysis by Franklin Health Research. You may earn CEs (Continuing Education Credits) for your published paper.*

*Check with your member organization or certification body.

Contributing to the Collective

All Aromatherapists keep records or case notes. Case notes contain a wealth of information that could be of interest to other practitioners by developing them into publishable case studies, which

can ultimately enhance our knowledge of how to use Aromatherapy to improve the lives of others. 

Case studies are a whole class of research and contribute to a larger set of data

Your case notes may present an answer to an unasked question or better inform another practitioner with a similar case. Whether the result of your intervention was successful or not, it still provides useful information for the reader. Research begins with a question. Does this effectively alleviate that? Your thoughtful case notes and client follow-up are the first important steps in creating a useful case study and enhance a professional growing experience. 

In collaboration with Franklin Health Research (FHR), we seek to encourage you to participate in the advancement of Aromatherapy knowledge for current practitioners and for generations to come. By completing a simple online survey, your shared case notes benefit the community in a few ways. 1) data points have been established in the background to allow FHR to collate specific data for future research for publication, 2) your notes can be edited into a professional case study suitable for publication in the IJPHA, 3) collected case studies will be kept on a database available to the aromatic community, and 4) your contributions will add to the larger pool of knowledge for the benefit of all.

You can download the survey template here to see the questions and make your notes. Please note that this is a "living" survey and with your feedback it will be revised. The survey takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete, depending on how detailed you are. If you have your document in Microsoft Word, it is possible to cut and paste your information into the survey to save time. At this time we are unable to receive tables and photos in the survey, but you may send them separately to '[email protected]' Just indicate in your email which case study they belong to.

Ready? Submit your case notes here

Watch the video to learn more.

Watch this 15-minute video to learn more about how contributing to the Case Study Collaborative can benefit you, your work, the aromatic community, and the future of Aromatherapy. 

Renee Hughes & Lora Cantele discuss 

the Case Study Collaborative

Research & Case studies for Aromatherapists

This interview is an exciting announcement for the Aromatherapy community. It is a chance for us to rally together to create credible research for our industry. 

Take a look.

Case Study Collaborative —

Collating Valuable Research Data

Christy Hires, MPH, CHES, CCA

The field of Aromatherapy has long relied on traditional evidence passed down by experienced experts in the field for common clinical practice. There are many different ways to guide,  educate, and lead clients toward healing, and each school of thought informs a holistic practice. While there are multiple approaches to Aromatherapy practice, there is one common thread that ties the Aromatherapy field together – the desire to have confidence that a protocol or plan of treatment can successfully lead most people to health.

The results you obtain with every client – whether “positive” or “negative” – comprise valuable research data. When combined with contributions from countless other professionals, this creates a body of evidence that can be used to create the next big leaps in practice and instill confidence, both in your own skills and the skills of those who follow in your footsteps. In collaboration with IJHPA we have created a way for you to take the first steps in contributing your evidence, the Case Study Collaborative Survey has been created to help collect pertinent details of your interactions with clients and the steps you followed in their specific case.

By contributing your experiences to this collaboration, you gain not only professional 

experience but give back to the community and the practice as a whole.                                                                                                     — Christy Hires, MPH, CHES, CCA - Franklin Health Research

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From Case Notes to Case Study to Clinical Case Study—Research Should Be About Sharing 

Jane Buckle, PhD, RN

If you look through your old case notes, you may discover different clients with similar ailments 

who have come to you. This could be because you have developed a reputation and word has 

spread of your successful interventions for specific conditions. If so, how many clients have you 

seen in the last year with similar issues? Maybe one client stands out. Maybe that is the one 

to consider turning into a publishable case study.   

— Dr. Jane Buckle

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