Slide 34

Project RED: Module 1: Preparing to Redesign Your Discharge Program

Provides a four-module training program to help hospitals implement Project RED.

Patient Re-admission to the Hospital: Cause and Effect Diagram

Image: Graphic image of fishbone diagram, analyzing the causes for patient readmission, including materials, discharge process, communication, people.


It's helpful for the team to have a group appreciation of potential and actual causes of failure in their discharge process. You have addressed your various re-admission rates specific to your patient population. A Cause and Effect Tool is used with this module so the team can generate a list of potential causes of system breakdown that result in patient readmissions for your hospital.

Solutions that are generated will only be successful and sustainable if they are directed at the elimination of root causes.

Page last reviewed August 2011
Internet Citation: Slide 34: Project RED: Module 1: Preparing to Redesign Your Discharge Program. August 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.