NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE
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GLOSSARY
root cause a·nal·y·sis
Root cause analysis (RCA) is a step-by-step method that leads to the discovery of a fault-s first or root cause. RCA uses a systematic approach to identify the progression of actions and consequences that led to an undesired event. In the context of suicide prevention, an RCA investigation means tracing the cause and effect trail from a suicide attempt or death back to the root cause.
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