Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture: 2014 User Comparative Database Report

Chapter 4. Respondent Characteristics

This chapter describes the self-reported characteristics of database hospital staff respondents.

Highlights

  • There were 405,281 hospital staff respondents from 653 hospitals.
  • The top three respondent work areas were:
    • Other (31 percent).
    • Medicine (11 percent).
    • Surgery (10 percent).
  • The top three respondent staff positions were:
    • Registered nurse or licensed vocational nurse/licensed practical nurse (35 percent).
    • Other (22 percent).
    • Technician (e.g., EKG, Lab, Radiology) (11 percent).
  • Most respondents (76 percent) indicated they had direct interaction with patients.
  • Almost half of the respondents (45 percent) indicated they had worked in their current work area/unit at least 6 years.
  • Most respondents worked either less than 40 hours per week (45 percent) or 40 to 59 hours per week (48 percent).

Work Area/Unit 

Close to one-third of respondents (31 percent) selected "Other" as their work area, followed by "Medicine" (11 percent) and "Surgery" (10 percent) (Table 4-1). The Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture uses generic categories for hospital work areas and units. Therefore, a large percentage of respondents chose the "Other" response option, which allowed them to note their specific work area or unit. Participating hospitals were not asked to submit written or "other-specify" responses for any questions, so no data are available to further describe the respondents in the "Other" work area category.

Staff Position 

More than one-third of respondents (35 percent) selected "registered nurse" or "Licensed Vocational Nurse/Licensed Practical Nurse" as their staff position, followed by "Other" (22 percent) and "Technician (e.g., EKG, Lab, Radiology)" (11 percent), as shown in Table 4-2. As with the work area/unit question, many respondents chose the "Other" response option, which allowed them to note their specific staff position, but no data are available to further describe the respondents in the "Other" staff position category.

Interaction With Patients 

As shown in Table 4-3, most respondents (76 percent) indicated they had direct interaction with patients.

Tenure With Current Hospital 

As shown in Table 4-4, more than half of the respondents (56 percent) indicated they had worked in their current hospital at least 6 years.

Tenure in Current Work Area/Unit 

As shown in Table 4-5, almost half of the respondents (45 percent) indicated they had worked in their current work area/unit at least 6 years.

Tenure in Current Specialty or Profession 

As shown in Table 4-6, 24 percent of respondents indicated they had worked in their current specialty 21 years or more.

Hours Worked Per Week 

As shown in Table 4-7, nearly half of respondents (48 percent) indicated they worked between 40 and 59 hours per week.

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Internet Citation: Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture: 2014 User Comparative Database Report: Chapter 4. Respondent Characteristics. March 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patientsafetyculture/hospital/2014/hosp14ch4.html