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February 17, 2010

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

JAMA. 2010;303(7):670-673. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.144

Atul Gawande is one of the foremost physician authors of the last several years. In addition to being a practicing surgeon and an associate professor at Harvard Medical School, he is also a regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine and has written 2 best-selling books on different aspects of medicine: Complications and Better. The Checklist Manifesto, his third book, is different from the first 2 in that it is devoted entirely to a single topic. In it, Gawande puts forth the case that using simple checklists prior to medical and surgical procedures can substantially improve outcomes.