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Writing & Citing (Health Professions): SOAP Notes

General resources for writing and citing in the health professions

Style Guides

SOAP Notes Explained

"A SOAP note is a form of written documentation many healthcare professions use to record a patient or client interaction...All SOAP notes should include Subjective, Objective, Assessment, and Plan sections, hence the acronym SOAP." - OWL Purdue: Soap Notes

SOAP notes are used in a variety of health professions. Despite the fact that SOAP notes are intended to standardize communication across health professions in health records, the style expectations vary considerable between professions, schools, and workplaces. Consult resources specific to your program of study and/or profession.


SOAP Notes Examples