The retrospective chart review: important methodological considerations

Matt Vassar, Holzmann Matthew

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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.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)12-10
Number of pages3
JournalJ Educ Eval Health Prof
Issue number0
StatePublished - 2013


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


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