Successful risk assessment may not always lead to successful risk control: A systematic literature review of risk control after root cause analysis

J Healthc Risk Manag. 2012;31(3):6-12. doi: 10.1002/jhrm.20090.


Root cause analysis is perhaps the most widely used tool in healthcare risk management, but does it actually lead to successful risk control? Are there categories of risk control that are more likely to be effective? And do healthcare risk managers have the tools they need to support the risk control process? This systematic review examines how the healthcare sector translates risk analysis to risk control action plans and examines how to do better. It suggests that the hierarchy of risk controls should inform risk control action planning and that new tools should be developed to improve the risk control process.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Risk Assessment*
  • Root Cause Analysis*