An analysis of team checklists in physician signout notes Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Academic Medical Centers
  • Checklist


  • Teams of physicians in the hospital collaboratively maintain checklists in informal "signout" documents to help organize, manage, and hand off critical patient-based tasks. We created an application within our commercial EHR that supports basic management of these checklists at two urban, academic medical centers. We collected and analyzed over 400,000 checklist tasks created in the application. We calculated the frequencies of terms and term-combinations (n-grams) in these lists, and compared these data with a previously described clinical task model. Our findings provide evidence for the generalizability of the original clinical task model, and provide the foundation for a more sophisticated physician checklist utility. This could contribute to improved efficiency and safety in patient care.

publication date

  • January 2010



  • Academic Article



  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC3041400

PubMed ID

  • 21347082

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 767

end page

  • 71


  • 2010