Checklists within the health and social professions are ubiquitous. Arguably, one of most significant developments has been the recent publication of the World Health Organization’s (2009) surgical safety checklist, which has subsequently been mandated for implementation across Canadian and Australian operating rooms. For some, checklists such as these hold the promise of reducing medical error, improving patient safety and interprofessional relationships (e.g. Haynes et al., 2009; Lingard, Regehr, Espin & Whyte, 2006).
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