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

Purpose and Use of This Report

In response to requests from hospitals interested in comparing their results with those of other hospitals on the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality established the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture comparative database. Since the first comparative database report, which was released in 2007 and included data from 382 U.S. hospitals, the number of hospitals and respondents contributing to the database report has grown.

The Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture 2014 User Comparative Database Report consists of data from 653 hospitals and 405,281 hospital staff respondents who completed the survey.

This user comparative database report was developed as a tool for the following purposes:

  • Comparison—To allow hospitals to compare their patient safety culture survey results with those of other hospitals.
  • Assessment and Learning—To provide data to hospitals to facilitate internal assessment and learning in the patient safety improvement process.
  • Supplemental Information—To provide supplemental information to help hospitals identify their strengths and areas with potential for improvement in patient safety culture.
  • Trending—To provide data that describe changes in patient safety culture over time.

The report presents statistics (averages, standard deviations, minimum and maximum scores, and percentiles) on the patient safety culture composites and items from the survey. This report also includes a trending chapter that describes patient safety culture change over time for 359 hospitals with data from two administrations of the survey.

Appendixes A and B present overall results by hospital characteristics (bed size, teaching status, ownership and control, and geographic region) and respondent characteristics (hospital work area/unit, staff position, interaction with patients, and tenure in work area/unit).

Appendixes C and D show trend results for the 359 trending hospitals, broken down by hospital characteristics (bed size, teaching status, ownership and control, and geographic region) and respondent characteristics (hospital work area/unit, staff position, interaction with patients, and tenuren work area/unit).

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Page last reviewed March 2014
Internet Citation: Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture: 2014 User Comparative Database Report: Purpose and Use of This Report. March 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patientsafetyculture/hospital/2014/hosp14purpose.html