Medical records audit in primary care clinics of the Israel Navy

S. Vinker*, D. Mankuta, B. Yischak, Y. Ber, D. Nachtigal, Y. Biran

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The primary care clinics of the Israeli Defense Forces are similar to those of the civilian health system, yet some characteristics are unique: Soldiers are a young, healthy population; their physicians are either serving in the reserves for short periods, or are primary care physicians of the regular army; and during military service the soldier is usually treated in several different primary care clinics. A detailed medical record facilitates communication between the various primary care physicians. As part of a 2-year quality assurance project all naval clinics in Israel were surveyed at 6-month intervals. From the clinic records, 685 encounters involving the 7 most common problems were randomly chosen. We evaluated the quality of the medical records of these encounters scoring them according to subjective, objective assessment and therapeutic and evaluative plan (SOAP) Each record was evaluated by 2 physicians and scored from 0 to 100, using fixed criteria. The score for the therapeutic and evaluative plan was significantly higher than that of the other parts of the medical record (80% vs. 55-59%, p < 0.001). The score of the primary care physicians was significantly higher than that of physicians of the reserves (73% vs. 63%, p < 0.001). Encounters involving upper respiratory tract infections and abdominal pain scored higher than those involving other common problems. The medical recording process has a fundamental role in medical care. Our findings suggest that the subjective, objective and assessment parts of naval medical records need improvement. Further studies might help improve the quality of primary medical care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-479, 535
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1996
Externally publishedYes


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