For hospitals, finding staff that is experienced in data abstraction can be difficult. The shortage of trained abstractors forces many hospitals to rely on nurses or other self-taught professionals to perform abstraction. At Primaris, we consult with hospital teams and provide abstraction training and support to healthcare organizations across the country – and that is in addition to building our own team of expert abstractors. Our experience working with different provider organizations, and also growing our team of Primaris abstractors, has enabled us to define some of the qualities and skills that are necessary for performing abstraction successfully. Below are some ideal traits and skills hospitals should look for when choosing team members to groom as abstractors.