Journal Article

Inpatient notes: just what the doctor ordered—checklists to improve diagnosis.

Gupta A; Graber ML.

Standardized approaches can enhance team communication, process reliability, and diagnostic thinking. This commentary suggests that checklist use is an underutilized low-cost intervention to reduce diagnostic error. The authors describe process checklists, which can can help manage cognitive challenges, and content checklists, which provide differential diagnoses for common symptoms.