Using the RCA process to bring a patient's entire picture into focus

How often are physicians placed in a situation where they have the time, relationship, trust and information to identify the root cause of a chronic illness? How often are they positioned to truly collaborate with their peers and with their patients? How often are they positioned to move away from a technical fix and toward positioning their patient for an adaptive change based on the root cause of the chronic health issue?

Process improvement experts use root-cause analysis (RCA) to evaluate and identify the reason for the cause of a defect in an effort to isolate the one major area adversely impacting and contributing to a defect and the defect's recurrence.

Identifying the root cause of a chronic illness is one critical process improvement that will positively impact the lives and health of both individuals and communities (and bend the healthcare cost curve down).  Read more

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