Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 11, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new review study finding that medical evaluation checklists in a hospital setting provide only a modest improvement in patient safety.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/read-this-before-you-go-to-the-hospital-it-could-save-your-life) notes, in order to reduce the number of medical mistakes that can lead to serious harm to a patient, most hospitals have had to improve their safety records with the use of checklists. The question is: do these checklists work?
As the article “Read This Before You Go to the Hospital… It Could Save Your Life” reports, in one recent review study, researchers decided to find out if checklists were having a positive impact in terms of patient safety. They found data from nine different studies that included four hospitals’ care settings: the intensive care unit, the emergency department, surgery, and acute care. The nine studies used different safety checklists. The researchers found that most of the time, the hospital staff was trained to use checklists. As for patient safety, they discovered that the checklists only ushered in modest improvement.
However, the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article states that one study determined that the most likely reasons a doctor is going to make a mistake are so-called “cognitive biases” and the use of mental shortcuts. Oftentimes, doctors may simply think they know the reason for a patient’s symptoms and jump to a conclusion without systematically going through the evidence gleaned from a medical exam and a patient’s verbal account of symptoms. The pressure of time restraints forces many doctors to take these shortcuts, upping the risk for medical mistakes when
crucial steps in the diagnostic process are skipped.
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes by noting that individuals who are concerned about potential risks in their own health plan can talk to their doctor about taking a checklist approach.
(SOURCES: Sibbald, M., et al., “Checklists improve experts’ diagnostic decisions,” Med Educ. March 2013; 47(3): 301–8; Ko, H.C., et al., “Systematic review of safety checklists for use by medical care teams in acute hospital settings–limited evidence of effectiveness,” BMC Health Serv Res. September 2, 2011; 11: 211.)
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