"A godsend for concerned friends and relatives trying to rein in the chaos. Bravo to [Bailey] for turning that all too common misery to a constructive end."

- Abigail Zuger

The New York Times

"Elizabeth Bailey's book could save your life.  I've been pushing for people to understand how checklists work and can be made to empower them. Bailey has done precisely this for patients-that is, for all of us.” 

- Atul Gawande

Surgeon, writer, public health researcher and New York Times bestselling author of The Checklist Manifesto

"Check this out before checking in: if you go in prepared...you can better advocate for your own well-being."

- The Washington Post


Inside the Book



1. Before You Go

2. What to Bring

3. During your Stay

4. Master Medication List

5. Daily Medication Log

6. Daily Journal

7. Discharge Plan

8. Insurance

9. Doctor Contacts

10. Family & Friends Contacts List

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About the Author

Elizabeth Bailey is a patient advocate and author. Her first book, The Patient’s Checklist: 10 Simple Checklists to Keep You Safe, Sane and Organized, was called “ a godsend” by The New York Times. As a producer, director, and VP of music video production for several record labels, Elizabeth Bailey used checklists to oversee hundreds of music videos for a wide range of artists. While helping her father through a long hospitalization that was the result of medication errors and failures in communication along the care continuum, she realized how her production checklists could be adapted to help patients better manage complex care. She left the music business to work on The Patient’s Checklist while also earning a Masters in Health Advocacy from Sarah Lawrence College. She has worked as a Patient Advocate at a major teaching hospital in New York City and currently consults on an individual basis with patients and families. She is working on her second book, The Caregiver’s Checklist, based on her experience of caring for her father for the last decade of his life. She lives with her husband and son in New York City.


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