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In APA how do I cite information from a medical chart?

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Answered By: Kimberly Boyd
Last Updated: Feb 10, 2017     Views: 4090

Hello,

What an interesting question this is.  First, I am going to assume that you are reading an actual medical chart and not a chart within a case study that you have found somewhere.  If the chart is published in a case study, then you would cite the case study, not the chart.  If you are trying to cite an actual medical chart, then I think you will need to treat the chart as a personal communication.  Because personal communications are not recoverable, meaning your professor will not be able to retrieve the medical chart because it is by law private and unpublished, you do not include them in your references list at the end of your paper.  Extrapolating from the personal communications section of the APA manual, I think that you should only cite the chart within the text of the paper and that it should include parenthesis and the words medical chart as well as exact a date as possible.  It would look something like this:  (medical chart, June 15, 2013).  I hope that this is helpful to you.

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