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Little lists, big impact

[ Winter 2013 ] If health care workers use simple checklists during critical moments of care such as surgery and childbirth, they can greatly reduce death and complications among their patients. In study after study, Atul Gawande, professor of health policy and management at…

Surgery an unmet need in global health

Public health professionals who work in the developing world have long focused on defeating infectious diseases, and recently have widened their focus to include chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. But access to quality surgical care remains a large…

Surgery common among elderly Medicare patients at end of life

Nearly one-third of elderly Americans covered by Medicare have surgery in their last year of life—especially in the last month or final week of life—that often is unnecessary, unwanted by the patient, and may be influenced by financial interests of the health…

Surgical checklist improves quality of care and reduces costs

Last year, Atul Gawande, an associate professor at HSPH and a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), and colleagues demonstrated that when surgical teams use a simple checklist, avoidable complications plummet and lives are saved. In a new study, Gawande and colleagues…