The retrospective chart review: important methodological considerations

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


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.

Keywords: Best practices; Chart review; Medical record; Methodology; Retrospective review.