The SOAP, SOAPIE, or SOAPIER notes are well known in the health field, they are used by physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, massage therapists, occupational therapists, and many others. They allow professionals to enter all relevant patient information in a standardized and easy-to-read manner. This way, all health professionals will be kept informed of the patient’s condition, the various appointments, and the progress.
The SOAP method was created by Dr. Lawrence Weed in the 1960s. It was a system that allowed notes to be associated with problems identified by a doctor at that time, so it was only part of the documentation process. Soon after, other healthcare professionals began to use SOAP evolutionary notes in their respective fields.