Writing therapy notes may not be the best part of a clinician’s day, but it is a vital part of running an organized, efficient practice. Many mental healthcare providers find that between seeing patients and maintaining an office, they often fall behind in their notes, finding it difficult to play catch-up, as well as document new cases and provide current session notes.
However, technology is quickly becoming the new best friend of therapists everywhere, providing clinicians with fast, easy approaches to tackle that growing pile of therapy notes. Let’s take a look at three ways to increase documentation productivity!
1. Take Notes Electronically
The best way to speed up your note taking is to do it electronically. Not only does it save time to use software products for electronic notes, but it creates much more concise notes, also making it easy to retrieve notes with a simple click. Electronic therapy notes may also assist with generalized office coordination, making it easy to generate reports and analyze the information.
2. Try Collaborative Documentation
Wouldn’t it be great to have a good portion of your notes written before the patient even leaves the office? Therapists utilizing a method known as collaborative documentation are making this a reality! Collaborative documentation is basically involving the client in the note-taking process, offering up a series of questions for the patient and allowing them the time to respond, while all the time easily providing electronic documentation. Not only are you writing a good portion of your notes during the therapy session, but you are also boosting patient engagement in their treatment.
3. Stop Procrastinating
Make it a point to finish up your notes for the day that you are not able to complete during sessions before you even leave the office. Creating documentation when the session is still fresh in your mind will make writing notes go by much faster. Flipping through patient files and analyzing notes for a second time to be sure of the details are sure ways to slow down the process. However, if you do find that you need to access your notes, taking those notes electronically provides an easy method for fast retrieval.
When clinicians can spend less time writing their therapy notes, it can open up more time to spend seeing clients, bringing in more money for the practice and providing beneficial mental healthcare for people who really need it. Taking notes electronically should have you well on your way to making a pile of notes on your desk a thing of the past.