Journal Article
Review

How to perform a root cause analysis for workup and future prevention of medical errors: a review.

Charles R, Hood B, Derosier JM, et al. Patient safety in surgery. 2016;10:20.

Root cause analysis is a widely used strategy for understanding failure in patient care. This review highlights a root cause analysis method and describes tools such as story maps and cause-and-effect diagrams that support the use of this structured approach to examine process weaknesses and implement improvements.