A checklist is a cognitive tool specifying the actions necessary to complete a given task. It serves to improve the quality of care, support the memory of the user and it may serve to indicate the necessary communicative steps within a team. Checklists are used increasingly in health care. Preliminary results indicate a potential for patient safety. However, no evidence indicates that a checklist in itself is sufficient to obtain clinical results: training and motivating staff, supporting implementation, and conducting follow-up and evaluation are as important as the checklist itself to achieve results.
Ugeskrift for Laeger, 2011, Vol 173, Issue 26, p. 1879-82
Checklist; Communication; Evidence-Based Practice; Humans; Patient Care Team; Quality Assurance, Health Care; Safety Management; Surgical Procedures, Operative