Inpatient notes: just what the doctor ordered—checklists to improve diagnosis.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
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.