WHA’s Dibbert Joins UW-Madison Root Cause Analysis Advisory Board

November 21, 2019

WHA Chief Quality Officer Beth Dibbert has joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering’s Advisory Board, supporting a new approach to Root Cause Analysis – a foundational investigative tool used by hospitals and health systems when trying to identify the underlying reasons for a patient harm event.

The project, “Implementing a Human Factors Approach to RCA²: A Mixed Methods Multi-Site Study,” is led by Douglas A. Wiegmann, PhD, an associate professor at the department. The initiative will bring researchers, clinicians and quality improvement specialists together to work collaboratively to improve the use of the Root Cause Analysis tools and study the effects of integrating human factors into the process.

The Advisory Board will guide important aspects of the work, including design of the tools and implementation protocols, scalability of the process for large and small hospitals, measurements of the effectiveness of the process and disseminating findings for WHA membership.

“WHA is proud to again be tapped to provide leadership and guidance to incredibly important work that will positively impact Wisconsin providers and patients and beyond,” Dibbert said. “Improving root cause analysis processes will help hospitals and health systems shift from a reactive to proactive posture, preventing harm and saving systems of care real dollars.”

Doctor Wiegmann is also applying for funding through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

This story originally appeared in the November 21, 2019 edition of WHA Newsletter