Connective Routines: How Medical Professionals Work with Safety Checklists

Marlot Kuiper
2018 Professions and Professionalism  
New standards like checklists are introduced to establish so-called "connective professionalism," but it is difficult to work with checklists in daily circumstances. Professionals might comply with standards, but they might also neglect or resist them. By linking the sociology of professions to routine theory, we develop a relational perspective on working with standards, which is sensitive to the actual usage of standards, not so much "by" but "in-between" professionals. We analysed whether
more » ... analysed whether and how checklists are part of daily professional routines. Our ethnographic data show that medical professionals pragmatically cope with checklists. They "tick boxes," but also use standards to improve case treatment, depending on the nature of cases, time pressure, and team composition. Connections between professionals not so much result from standards, but are a prerequisite for using standards. Professionals themselves rather than checklists establish collaboration, but checklists might be important devices for using "connective potential."
doi:10.7577/pp.2251 fatcat:losfqyhrw5esjce65inlxzoez4