Here’s How Successful Chiropractors Simplify Their Patient Soap Notes – Regarding patient soapy notes, not all chiropractors are created equal. Some love documenting, and others… not so much.
Luckily, chiropractors are a very resourceful bunch with abundant innovative thinkers. They can tackle almost any challenge with the right tools and techniques at their disposal. Soap notes are no exception.
Instead of a laborious process requiring multiple log-ins and an entire dedicated program, you can simplify the process using templates and other trade tricks that make it quick and easy to complete. The result is a more streamlined document that is clean, clear, and easy to read while still getting the job done without sacrificing important details like what adjustments were performed or areas of focus during the session.
Here’s how you can simplify your chiropractic soap notes as well:
Use Dictation For Your Chiropractic Soap Notes
You can use dictation software to take notes during your appointments to save time and be more efficient. By switching to dictation, you’ll be able to write down patient information quickly and accurately—and then copy/paste it into the patient’s file at the end of each session.
Why is dictation better than typing? It’s faster. You don’t have to worry about typos or missing key letters when you dictate a note; if there are any mistakes, simply edit them out later (or correct them as part of your next appointment with that client). Also, since most recorders come with transcription services these days, they will transcribe your notes for you.
Create Templates for Your Treatment Plans
Consider using a template for treatment plans to save time, money, space, and effort when writing your patient soap notes. Templates can help you write more efficiently and effectively.
Templates help reduce the number of mistakes made when writing notes by providing a standard format to follow. A well-designed template also reduces stress levels because it allows you to concentrate on what needs to be done instead of worrying about how or where things should go exactly.
Limit Your Templates to Three Categories
It’s important to note that there is no right or wrong way to write patient notes. In fact, you can use an infinite number of templates for your most common types of patients and treatments.
When it comes to simplifying the writing process, keep it simple by limiting your templates to three categories:
- The type of patient you have seen (i.e., all new patients vs. established patients).
- The type of treatment they received (i.e., adjustment vs. soft tissue modalities).
- The findings were present at the time of care (i.e., range-of-motion issues vs. pain/tenderness in specific areas).
Use a Checklist For Your Findings
Checklists are a great way to keep track of your findings and ensure you don’t forget anything. They’re easy to use, customizable to your practice, and can be used for multiple patients in the same appointment.
Some chiropractors use checklists after every patient visit; others create an initial checklist before starting their notes, then add any new findings throughout their notes (e.g., “Check back later”).
Automate with Chiropractic Software
Another convenient way of simplifying your soap notes is by using the software.
Chiro8000 chiropractic software is designed to be easy to use, comes with a certified EHR, and provides a complete patient experience that involves billing and practice management. The result? Less time spent on paperwork, more time spent cultivating relationships with patients.
If you’re a chiropractor, it can be easy to get bogged down in all the details of your practice. But it’s important to keep things simple—because simple is just what you and your patients need. Chiropractic software can help you keep track of everything in one place.
There are many options available, so it’s important that you choose the ones that best meet your needs as well as those of your patients.