The concept of checklists has become very popular over the last few years. I first became familiar with it when the book “Checklist Manifesto” by Atul Gawande was recommended by a fellow dentist and friend. It struck home with me as I have always been a fan of lists. Over the last few years more and more of the dentists I have spoken with have begun implementing checklists as a way to improve efficiency and successful execution of complex tasks in the dental office. Recently my friend Kirk Behrendt posted a video on the use of checklists which is worth a few minutes to watch.
The question I ask myself, is where can we improve what we are doing in quality or efficiency by using a checklist? When those areas are identified the next step is to simply create a list of the sub tasks and create a user friendly checklist.