The Checklist Manifesto

The Checklist Manifesto

While listening to WNYC I heard an interview with Atul Gawande about his book “The Checklist Manifesto.” It’s premise is simple: checklists force doctors to double-check their work, saving lives.

What was very interesting was his discussion about the tremendous resistance he has encountered from experts, claiming that the idea demeans their expertise. He said that in surveys, many experts claimed they would not use it themselves at the same time as stating that they would want a doctor to use a checklist when operating on them.  He then makes a great point. Experts (all of us, really) are aware of their own fallibility but also scoff at the idea of a checklist. But if we were to let go of our need to be perfect and rather embrace and work with our fallibility, we could do a better job..how about that proposition?

Check out his interview with Jon Stewart, and buy the book here.

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