The Double-Edged Sword of Checklists

From Emergency Medicine News:

Not all checklists are created equal. Design is essential to an effective checklist, Dr. Catchpole said. “First, you need to work out what problem it is that you’re trying to solve. Look at outcome measures, safety incidents, observations of the work, and the challenges people have in conducting their jobs, which would be reasons why you might have bad outcomes. This involves systems analysis, looking at different ways in which human performance is affected by the system. Don’t jump straight to a checklist; try to design a system where you don’t need one. If you can’t, then a checklist might be effective.”

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