Awareness : Frequently Asked Questions

What is considered “timely” for progress notes to be documented?

Question: What is considered “timely” for progress notes to be documented?

Answer: Progress notes contain statements related to the course of the patient’s illness and facilitate communication among team members. Progress notes should be documented in a timely, accurate, and legible manner.

The frequency of documentation should occur as often as the patient’s condition warrants (e.g., once per day, to three times per day). Because progress notes are expected to illustrate a chronological picture of the patient’s care, any delay in documentation could result in a delay in that patient’s care.