root cause analysis


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root cause analysis

tool used in medical quality management whereby the obvious or elusive causes that may lead to adverse outcomes or patterns of suboptimal outcomes are sought and analyzed to correct the faulty processes, thereby improving outcomes. It is especially important in management of patient safety and risk management programs and in aviation-related medicine.
See also: sentinel event.

root cause analysis

In health care delivery a formal study of a problem used to determine how to avoid or prevent similar problems in the future.

root cause a·nal·y·sis

(rūt kawz ă-nali-sis)
Measure used in medical quality management whereby obvious or elusive causes that may lead to adverse outcomes or patterns of suboptimal outcomes are sought and analyzed to correct faulty processes.
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We are very pleased with the outcome of our meeting with FDA and appreciate their thoughtful approach in considering the totality of the data from our previously submitted NDA, along with a root cause analysis summary and additional quality data that will be referenced in our planned resubmission, said David A.
For medical devices, the FDA sets controls to ensure product and consumer safety, and root cause analysis helps narrow down the search.
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided a tool to help NHs with this process is Guidance for Performing Root Cause Analysis (RCA) with Performance Improvement Projects (go.cms.gov/Nhqapi).
AFDS maintains a current snapshot of the situation in the BLL systems, and the results of the root cause analysis are shown in real time in the AFDS HMI to give the operator a quick idea of how and where a fault situation began.
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To reduce defects that are the most financially detrimental, root cause analysis should be conducted to determine what is precisely causing the problem then why, and lastly how to prevent it.
They show educators how to survey the hard and soft data available, analyze it to identify patterns of strength and need using root cause analysis, develop goals and objectives to drive the school improvement process, select interventions, and monitor progress and make mid-course corrections.
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