AHRQ Hospital Survey Report on Patient Safety Culture

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

2016 User Comparative Database Report

Many hospitals revealed their interest in comparing their results on patient safety culture to other hospitals using the AHRQ hospital survey on Patient Safety Culture.

The AHRQ issues 2016 Hospital Comparative Database Report in 87 pages (downloadable in PDF below).

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2016 Hospital Comparative Database Report (“Report”)

The latest edition of the Report presents data from 680 U.S. hospitals, providing initial results that hospitals can use to compare their patient safety culture to other U.S. hospitals. The 2016 report also includes a chapter on trending that presents results showing change over time for 326 hospitals that administered the survey and submitted data more than once. The report consists of a narrative description of the findings and four appendixes, presenting data by hospital characteristics and respondent characteristics for the database hospitals overall and separately for the 326 trending hospitals.

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Survey Content

The hospital survey, released in November 2004, was designed to assess hospital staff opinions about patient safety issues, medical errors, and event reporting.

The survey includes 42 items that measure 12 areas, or composites, of patient safety culture:

  1. Communication openness.
  2. Feedback and communication about error.
  3. Frequency of events reported.
  4. Handoffs and transitions.
  5. Management support for patient safety.
  6. Nonpunitive response to error.
  7. Organizational learning—continuous improvement.
  8. Overall perceptions of patient safety.
  9. Staffing.
  10. Supervisor/manager expectations and actions promoting safety.
  11. Teamwork across units.
  12. Teamwork within units.

Appendixes in 155 pages

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Last Updated: 2016-05-10

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