The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

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Profile Books, 2011 - Self-Help - 209 pages
A New York Times bestseller, Atul Gawande shows what the simple idea of the checklist reveals about the complexity of our lives and how we can deal with it. The modern world has given us stupendous know-how, yet avoidable failures continue to plague us in health care, government, the law, the financial industry--in almost every realm of organized activity. The reason is simple: the volume and complexity of knowledge today has exceeded our ability as individuals to properly deliver it to people--consistently, correctly, safely. We train longer, specialize more, use ever-advancing technologies, and still we fail. Atul Gawande makes a compelling argument that we can do better, using the simplest of methods: the checklist. In riveting stories, he reveals what checklists can do, what they can't, and how they could bring about striking improvements in a variety of fields, from medicine and disaster recovery to professions and businesses of all kinds. And the insights are making a difference. Already, a simple surgical checklist from the World Health Organization designed by following the ideas described here has been adopted in more than twenty countries as a standard for care and has been heralded as the biggest clinical invention in thirty years (The Independent).

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User Review  - jigarpatel - LibraryThing

Gawande makes an important point: checklists are valuable to experts, not just novices. And they are useful across industries and occupations. Airline pilots, structural engineers and safety ... Read full review

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User Review  - sami7 - LibraryThing

Short enough as to not bore you with self-help bs & long enough to get the point accross. Loved the examples; Sully & Karachi soap. Summary: checklists are not sexy but they help. Read full review

About the author (2011)

Atul Gawande is a staff member of Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and the New Yorker magazine. He is also Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.

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