Checklists in Clinical Practice; Revisited

“Checklists turn out.. to be among the basic tools of the quality and productivity revolution in aviation, engineering, construction – in virtually every field combining high risk and complexity. Checklists seem lowly and simplistic, but they help fill in for the gaps in our brains and between our brains.” –  Atul Gawande, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

In a previous blog post last year, I talked about what I believe to be an important driver for clinical excellence; the use of systematized checklists. In that post, I highlighted the main idea behind checklists and how they can help in the systematic and consistent application of clinical workflows in a precise and reproducible manner, ultimately increasing clinical efficiency and improving the quality of patient care.

That post generated many requests and inquiries from colleagues around the world asking for a follow-up post with further examples of checklists. In today’s blog post, I would like to introduce a few more checklist examples I personally implement in my practice for different parts of my clinical workflow, while explaining my rationale behind them.

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Communication 101 for Orthodontists

“A doctor, like anyone else who has to deal with human beings … cannot be just a scientist; he is either, like the surgeon, a craftsman, or, like the physician and the psychologist, an artist. This means that in order to be a good doctor a man must also have a good character, that is to say, whatever weaknesses and foibles he may have, he must love his fellow human beings in the concrete sense and desire their good before his own.”

W. H. Auden

“With the evolution from a paternalistic to an autonomous (self-rule) perspective of health care delivery, many patients no longer unconditionally accept a doctor’s expert authority to dictate therapy without considering options. The doctor’s communication style must therefore convey an appreciation of the patient’s concerns and complaints, as well as verbal skills that involve the patient in the decision-making process—all in an empathetic, personalized manner.”
– Peter Greco (The Salient Skill. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2015;147:301)

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From Good to Great!

“The Pleasures of writing correspond exactly to the pleasures of reading.” ~ Vladimir Nabokov

I recently had the pleasure – and privilege – of writing the “Smile Message”  to readers of the latest issue of Smile Dental Journal, entitled “From Good to Great!“.

The message is about the importance of incorporating new and proven digital technology into 21st Century dental practices, especially in Orthodontics.

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Checklists in Clinical Practice: A Simple Driver for Excellence

“Checklists seem able to defend anyone, even the experienced, against failure in many more tasks than we realized.”

Atul Gawande, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

What Do We Mean By A Checklist?

As per the definition of Hales et al;  A checklist is an organized tool that outlines criteria of consideration for a particular process. It functions as a support resource by delineating and categorizing items as a list—a format that simplifies conceptualization and recall of information.

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Understanding The Learning Curve in Dental Photography: A Reality Check

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A £5,000 professional DSLR doesn’t turn you into an award-winning photographer. It just turns you into the owner of a £5,000 professional DLSR.”

In this blog post, I would like to highlight what I believe to be an important issue related to some clinical dental photography courses and workshops that I have come across during my years of practicing, researching and writing the previous two editions of my clinical photography eBooks as well as presenting lectures and my own hands-on photography courses for both specialists and general practitioners alike.

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