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Agency for Healthcare Research Quality

Patient Safety Culture Surveys

As part of its goal to support a culture of patient safety and quality improvement in the Nation's health care system, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is sponsoring the development of patient safety culture assessment tools for hospitals, nursing homes, and ambulatory outpatient medical offices.

Health care organizations can use these survey assessment tools to:

  • Assess their patient safety culture.
  • Track changes in patient safety over time.
  • Evaluate the impact of patient safety interventions.

Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture—New

Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture

  • Hospital Survey Toolkit—Select to download.
  • 2008 Comparative Database Report—The 2008 report provides initial results from nearly 400 U.S. hospitals that can be used as benchmarks in establishing a culture of safety. The report consists of a narrative description of the findings and two appendixes, presenting data by hospital characteristics and respondent characteristics.
  • 2007 Comparative Database Report—The 2007 report contains comparative results on 108,621 hospital staff respondents from 382 participating hospitals that administered the AHRQ Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture. In the appendixes, the results are broken down by hospital characteristics (bed size, teaching status, ownership and control, region) and respondent characteristics (hospital work area/unit, staff position, interaction with patients).

Additional Surveys Under Development

Using the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture as a starting point, a new survey addressing patient safety culture in ambulatory outpatient medical office is under development. This new survey will contain new and revised items assessing dimensions that more accurately apply to each setting. The ambulatory medical office instrument will be pilot tested with providers and staff in 97 outpatient medical offices.

Download Information

The survey forms, User's Guide, and Feedback Report Template are available in different formats. Your browser may support downloading the files from this page by using the links below. Right click on the link and then select "Save Target As" (Internet Explorer) or "Save Link As" (Firefox® or Netscape®).

Hospital Survey Toolkit

Frequently Asked Questions

Survey Forms

Survey User's Guide

Survey Feedback Report Template

Year 1 Comparative Database

Year 2 Comparative Database

Free Viewers

Files related can be accessed with free viewers if proprietary software is not available.

Current as of September 2008

Internet Citation:

Patient Safety Culture Surveys. September 2008. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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