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Commentary
July 14, 2010

Checklists and GuidelinesImaging Techniques for Visualizing What to Do

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Dr Davidoff is Editor Emeritus, Annals of Internal Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Executive Editor, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

JAMA. 2010;304(2):206-207. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.972

Checklists are hot. In 2 clinical studies, use of checklists was associated with substantial reductions in central line infections1 and surgical complications,2 which has led to widespread adoption of these action guides. Checklists have captured the imagination of the media and have inspired publication of a manifesto on their power in managing complexity in medicine, as well as in other aspects of modern life.3

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