Checklists, checklists


They're not very glamorous. In fact, being asked to use one sometimes is taken badly for some reason, as if it were a criticism. But after reading Atul Gawande's The Checklist Manifesto, I'm a believer in checklists as at least one good tool for reducing medical errors and improving healthcare (my review of his book is here). I highly recommend this book, not just for the ideas, although they are fascinating, but also because it's just a great read. His writing style is so accessible and lively and interesting that it never gets dry or boring. And this is a book about checklists!

And I think there are implications for CME, as there are for anything that ultimately improves patient care. What could the role of checklists in CME -- or CME in checklist use -- be?

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