The Checklist Manifesto

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The Checklist Manifesto
First edition
AuthorAtul Gawande
PublisherMetropolitan Books
Publication date
December 22, 2009

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right is a December 2009 non-fiction book by Atul Gawande. It was released on December 22, 2009, through Metropolitan Books and focuses on the use of checklists in relation to several elements of daily and professional life.[1] The book looks at the use of checklists in the business world and the medical profession,[2] with Gawande examining how it could be used for greater efficiency, consistency and safety.[3] Gawande stated he was inspired to write The Checklist Manifesto after reading a story about a young child who survived a fall into a frozen pond and discovering the physician who saved her relied heavily on checklists.[4]

Critical reception for the book has been mostly positive,[5][6] with Newsday calling it "thoughtfully written".[7] The Seattle Times also gave a positive review.[8]

The book builds on, and references, the work done by the Safe Surgery Saves Lives Study Group that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in January 2009.[9]


  1. ^ Jauhar, Sandeep (22 January 2010). "One Thing After Another". New York Times. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Book Review Podcast: Atul Gawande". NY Times. 22 January 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  3. ^ "'Checklist Manifesto' Author Pairs Simplicity With Lifesaving". PBS. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  4. ^ "ALA 2010 Midwinter Meeting: Gawande Picks Up the Checklist at Sunrise Speakers Series". Library Journal. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Review: The Checklist Manifesto". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  6. ^ Review: Checklist Manifesto. Booklist. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  7. ^ "'The Checklist Manifesto' by Atul Gawande". Newsday. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  8. ^ "'The Checklist Manifesto': a simple, brilliant prescription for getting things right". Seattle Times. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
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