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Acupuncture Today – June, 2019 (Vol. 20, Issue 06)

Best Practices in SOAP Notation

Brandon LaGreca, LAc
Taking proper and comprehensive SOAP notes is as important a clinical skill as where to place acupuncture pins and what herbs to prescribe. In training as health care professionals, SOAP notes are introduced as an efficient and thorough method to compose a legal document known as a patient chart. Diligence to this method is largely taught as a means to avoid clinical error and provide evidence of patient interaction should records be requested by other medical practitioners, insurance companies, or subpoenaed by a judge. 

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