Demystifying DAP Notes: What You Need to Know
Admin / June 12, 2023
In the world of behavioral health, note-taking formats can vary. One popular format is the DAP note—standing for Data, Assessment, and Plan. DAP notes offer a simplified yet effective structure for organizing your clinical observations and plans.
Data: Raw Information
This section contains raw, observable facts about the patient's condition—both self-reported and clinically observed.
Here, you consolidate the data and draw interpretations. What do these observations mean in the context of the patient’s treatment?
Plan: Future Course of Action
This section outlines the therapeutic interventions, medications, or referrals needed, as well as any follow-up appointments.
Why Choose DAP?
The DAP format is often considered more straightforward than its SOAP counterpart, making it easier to adapt and quicker to fill out.