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J Educ Eval Health Prof. 2013 Nov 30;10:12. doi: 10.3352/jeehp.2013.10.12. eCollection 2013.

The retrospective chart review: important methodological considerations.

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Office of Educational Development, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, Tulsa, OK, USA.


In this paper, we review and discuss ten common methodological mistakes found in retrospective chart reviews. The retrospective chart review is a widely applicable research methodology that can be used by healthcare disciplines as a means to direct subsequent prospective investigations. In many cases in this review, we have also provided suggestions or accessible resources that researchers can apply as a "best practices" guide when planning, conducting, or reviewing this investigative method.


Best practices; Chart review; Medical record; Methodology; Retrospective review

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