In this excerpt from a longer video, Don Berwick describes a few principles, or characteristics, of scientific thinking. Dr. Mike Evans then gives an example of routines one can practice to develop more scientific thinking along the lines of what Berwick described.
A scientific thinker is a perpetually-curious person who never thinks they have the whole answer but is always willing to know what the next step to take is. They’re not in the job of solving problems forever. They’re in the job of taking the next step. At the core of it is constant curiosity about a world that you will never understand fully but you might take the next step to understand a little better.
This video is an excerpt from “Quality Improvement in Healthcare” by Dr. Mike Evans and Reframe Health Films. Watch the full video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jq52ZjMzqyI
Don Berwick is a former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and former CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Dr. Mike Evans is a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Ontario, Canada, and an Associate Professor of Family Medicine.