The OTA’s Guide to Documentation: Writing SOAP Notes, Fifth Edition

Marie Morreale, OTR
ISBN 10:
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Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
August 2022
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Product Dimensions:
8.50 x 11.00 inches

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Book Description

The bestselling, newly updated occupational therapy assistant (OTA) textbook, The OTA’s Guide to Documentation: Writing SOAP Notes, Fifth Edition explains the critical skill of documentation while offering multiple opportunities for OTA students to practice documentation through learning activities, worksheets, and bonus videos. 

The Fifth Edition contains step-by-step instruction on occupational therapy documentation and the legal, ethical, and professional documentation standards required for clinical practice and reimbursement of services. Students and professors alike can expect the same easy-to-read format from previous editions to aid OTAs in learning the purpose and standards of documentation throughout all stages of the occupational therapy process and different areas of clinical practice. 

Essentials of documentation, reimbursement, and best practice are reflected in the many examples presented throughout the text. Worksheets and learning activities provide the reader with multiple opportunities to practice observation skills and clinical reasoning, learn documentation methods, create occupation-based goals, and develop a repertoire of professional language. 

Templates are provided to assist beginning OTA students in formatting occupation-based SOAP notes and the task of documentation is broken down into smaller units to make learning easier. Other formats and methods of recording client care are also explained, such as the use of electronic health records and narrative notes. This text also presents an overview of the initial evaluation process delineating the roles of the OT and OTA and guidelines for implementing appropriate interventions.

New in the Fifth Edition:
  • Incorporation of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, Fourth Edition and other updated American Occupational Therapy Association documents
  • Updated information to meet Medicare Part B and other third-party payer requirements
  • Revised clinical terminology on par with current trends 
  • Added examples from emerging practice areas 
  • Expanded tables along with new worksheets and learning activities 
Instructors in educational settings can visit for an instructor’s manual and bonus videos to be used in the classroom. Also included with the book is access to a supplemental website for students with worksheets, learning activities, and scenario-based videos to practice the documentation process.