This springs up from a Twitter discussion this morning. It’s Atul Gawande’s fault, for his book “Checklists.” :-) Forward-thinking clinicians are doing it; participatory patients should to. Let’s get to work.
Checklists in hospitals can dramatically reduce infections; checklists in the operating room can prevent all kinds of simple human errors even among brilliant conscientious people. There’s evidence for that.
Non-Twitter people, ignore the Twitter shorthand – this is just a quick way for me to capture the public discussion:
Me: RT @LeanBlog @flinchbaugh: A good read…What Sort of Checklist Should You Be Using? – Justin Fox – HBR http://ow.ly/1nhB2
@Lygeia: What would a checklist specifically for patients look like?
@Lygeia: “You Bet Your Life” by @TrishaTorrey looks closest–I just bought it–thanks!
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio likes the discussion:
@PioneerRWJF: RT @ePatientDave: Great question! Let’s discuss RT @Lygeia: @ePatientDave What would a checklist specifically for patients look like?
A new voice (new to me), INQRI, pops up (“The Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative does research to understand how nurses contribute to and can improve the quality of patient care.”:
@INQRIProgram: patient checklist might include: have list of current meds, tell every1 to wash hands, ask questions
@Lygeia: Thanks @pnschmidt I especially like patient checklist at http://bit.ly/cYGBoR
@Lygeia: A streamlined, smartphone-based patient checklist would be cool INQRIProgram @pioneerrwjf, @ePatientDave
@INQRIProgram: you may be interested in some work we’ve done involving patients’ contributions to quality. http://bit.ly/92Ktgi
What do you think?