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Essential elements of an effective investigation report

Mike D. Sandulak ( is Executive Director, Investigations and Physical Security, at Providence St. Joseph Health in Portland, OR.

When an investigation is coming to a close, an investigation report should be completed to provide a clear explanation of what it entailed and an analysis of how the investigator reached their conclusion. This report needs to be written objectively and persuasively, and in a format that is consistent throughout your organization. With this, the essential elements of an investigation report include the following:

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