A Methodology for Conducting Retrospective Chart Review Research in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry



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Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Introduction: Retrospective research has become largely undervalued and underutilized in child and adolescent psychiatry with the increasing singular focus on randomized control trials, despite the wealth of clinically relevant data available in historical medical records. In this paper a systematic and scientific approach to chart review research methodology for psychiatry is described. Method: Informed by available literature, a methodological stepwise approach for retrospective chart review was developed. Results: A nine step method aimed at maximizing benefits and minimizing limitations is discussed. Conclusions: Retrospective chart review is an important methodology with distinct advantages and has the potential to provide psychiatry with valuable research opportunities. This method of study should not be lost in the field of psychiatry.



Methodology, Retrospective chart review, Health record, Medical record, Archival data, Research


Copyright 2006 Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Recommended citation: Gearing, Robin E, Irfan A. Mian, Jim Barber, and Abel Ickowicz. "A methodology for conducting retrospective chart review research in child and adolescent psychiatry." Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry15, no. 3 (2006): 126. URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2277255/ Reproduced in accordance with licensing terms and with the author’s permission.