Checklists. The horror

In How to work better on March 18, 2008 by Alan Lovell Tagged:

I guess we’re all offended by checklists, we professionals. They seem to insult our expertise. I mean, anyone can follow a checklist. Healthcare professionals apparently don’t like following checklists; here is a blog entry, and an extract, about it…

… a must-read for anyone who wants to know more about what can be done to improve health care, and it focuses on a simple question — why, when there is overwhelming evidence that it works — are health care professionals so reticent to use checklists?

And a more recent follow-up post.

I’ve found checklists to be a great help, and I use them to ensure everything that should be done has been done for when I plan and do a search. Try it, but don’t tell anyone.


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