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Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture | Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality

Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture | Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
AHRQ--Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Advancing Excellence in Health Care

Update on Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture

AHRQ is proposing a pilot test and bridge study data collection effort to test a revised Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (Version 2.0) and new supplemental item set on Health Information Technology Patient Safety.
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Resource List

Improving Patient Safety in Hospitals: A Resource List for Users of the AHRQ Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture
PDF Version [ PDF file - 646 KB] )
This document contains references to Web sites that provide practical resources hospitals can use to implement changes to improve patient safety culture and patient safety.
Data Entry and Analysis Tool
This tool works with Microsoft® Excel® and makes it easy to input your individual-level data from the survey. The tool then automatically creates tables and graphs to display your survey results.
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Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture

In 2004, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, a staff survey designed to help hospitals assess the culture of safety in their institutions. Since then, hundreds of hospitals across the United States and internationally have implemented the survey.
In response to requests from hospitals interested in comparing their safety culture survey results to other hospitals, AHRQ funded the development of a comparative database on the survey in 2006. The database comprises voluntarily submitted data from U.S. hospitals that administered the survey. Comparative database reports were produced in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016.

Hospital Survey Toolkit

Survey Form

Survey Items and Dimensions

  • Hospital Survey Items and Dimensions—English (PDF Version [ PDF file- 119.11 KB] ).
  • Hospital Survey Items and Dimensions—Spanish and Description of Translation Process ( PDF Version [ PDF file - 240.86 KB] ).

Survey User's Guide

The User's Guide provides a general overview of the issues and major decisions involved in conducting a survey and reporting the results. The Guide includes information on getting started, selecting a sample, determining data collection methods, establishing data collection procedures, conducting a Web-based survey, and preparing and analyzing data, and producing reports.
  • Survey User's Guide ( PDF version [ PDF file - 1.1 MB] ).

Comparative Database

AHRQ has established the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture Comparative Database as a central repository for survey data from hospitals that have administered the AHRQ patient safety culture survey instrument. The database serves as an important resource for hospitals wishing to compare their patient safety culture survey results to those of other hospitals in support of patient safety culture improvement.

Additional Resources

Action Planning Tool (PDF File, 368.7 KB; Word File, 111.77 KB)

This tool was designed primarily for users of the AHRQ Surveys on Patient Safety Culture and is intended for use after your organization administers the survey and analyzes the results. It provides step-by-step guidance to help survey users develop an action plan to improve patient safety culture.

Research Reference List

The purpose of this research reference list is to provide citations for articles published on the AHRQ safety culture surveys. It includes references on the use of the surveys; psychometric analyses; analyses linking the survey to outcome data; reviews of instruments; and international studies.

Page last reviewed May 2016
Page originally created July 2013
Internet Citation: Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture. Content last reviewed May 2016. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patientsafetyculture/hospital/index.html

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