The effects of safety checklists in medicine: a systematic review

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This article reports on a systematic review of the use and effects of patient safety checklists in medicine and provides useful evidence in support of checklist interventions. It encompasses thirty four studies of safety checklists and suggests that checklists are effective tools for improvement patient safety. Specifically, the review found that checklists improve communication, reduce adverse events, improve adherence to procedures and reduce morbidity and mortality.

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