Daily progress notes are often written to chronicle a patient medical improvement over a given time period. They may include information regarding patient concerns, physical records, diagnoses, and planning strategies to facilitate communication and further address inpatient health care needs.
Common examples of daily progress notes are no longer than one page and follow the SOAP format, which refers to an acronym for documenting a patient's experiences, exam statistics, procedures and objectives. The format begins by introducing subjective information that examines a patient's condition, continuing with an objective section that details individual treatments. This may be followed with assessment observations and concluded with structuring additional courses of treatment.
The A/P format is suitable for writing daily progress notes for patients with several active problems. This format is structured after the A and P steps included in the SOAP acronym that involve assessing the condition of a working diagnosis along with potential planning ideas. These two formats differ in that A/P numbers each diagnosis separately through a summary statement, which prioritizes prominent issues. Both progress note formats can be conducive in facilitating communication between medical colleagues, as they provide continuous knowledge of health care needs centered around patients as individuals. The patients additionally may be more comfortable sharing ongoing progress with familiar medical professionals.