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

Table C-6. Trending: Item-Level Average Percent Positive Response by Teaching Status and Ownership and Control—2014 Database Hospitals

Survey Items by Composite Database Year Teaching Status and Ownership and Control
Teaching Nonteaching Govt Nongovt
# Hospitals Both Years 125 234 47 312
# Respondents Most Recent 150,525 103,183 33,895 219,813
Previous 131,045 89,348 34,272 186,121
Teamwork Within Units
A1. People support one another in this unit. Most Recent 86% 88% 85% 87%
Previous 85% 87% 85% 86%
Change 1% 1% 0% 1%
A3. When a lot of work needs to be done quickly, we work together as a team to get the work done. Most Recent 86% 88% 86% 87%
Previous 85% 87% 85% 87%
Change 1% 1% 1% 0%
A4. In this unit, people treat each other with respect. Most Recent 78% 82% 80% 80%
Previous 77% 80% 79% 79%
Change 1% 2% 1% 1%
A11. When one area in this unit gets really busy, others help out. Most Recent 70% 73% 72% 72%
Previous 68% 72% 70% 71%
Change 2% 1% 2% 1%
Supervisor/Manager Expectations & Actions Promoting Patient Safety
B1. My supv/mgr says a good word when he/she sees a job done according to established patient safety procedures. Most Recent 73% 77% 76% 76%
Previous 71% 76% 75% 74%
Change 2% 1% 1% 2%
B2. My supv/mgr seriously considers staff suggestions for improving patient safety. Most Recent 76% 78% 78% 78%
Previous 75% 78% 77% 77%
Change 1% 0% 1% 1%
B3R. Whenever pressure builds up, my supv/mgr wants us to work faster, even if it means taking shortcuts. Most Recent 73% 76% 75% 75%
Previous 72% 76% 75% 74%
Change 1% 0% 0% 1%
B4R. My supv/mgr overlooks patient safety problems that happen over and over. Most Recent 76% 78% 78% 77%
Previous 75% 78% 76% 77%
Change 1% 0% 2% 0%
Org Learning—Continuous Improvement
A6. We are actively doing things to improve patient safety. Most Recent 84% 86% 86% 85%
Previous 83% 85% 86% 84%
Change 1% 1% 0% 1%
A9. Mistakes have led to positive changes here. Most Recent 64% 65% 67% 65%
Previous 63% 65% 66% 64%
Change 1% 0% 1% 1%
A13. After we make changes to improve patient safety, we evaluate their effectiveness. Most Recent 69% 73% 75% 71%
Previous 68% 72% 73% 70%
Change 1% 1% 2% 1%
Management Support for Patient Safety
F1. Hospital management provides a work climate that promotes patient safety. Most Recent 79% 83% 84% 81%
Previous 79% 83% 84% 81%
Change 0% 0% 0% 0%
F8. The actions of hospital management show that patient safety is a top priority. Most Recent 74% 77% 80% 76%
Previous 73% 78% 80% 76%
Change 1% -1% 0% 0%
F9R. Hospital management seems interested in patient safety only after an adverse event happens. Most Recent 58% 64% 65% 61%
Previous 58% 64% 65% 61%
Change 0% 0% 0% 0%
Feedback & Communication About Error
C1. We are given feedback about changes put into place based on event reports. Most Recent 58% 62% 62% 61%
Previous 56% 60% 59% 59%
Change 2% 2% 3% 2%
C3. We are informed about errors that happen in this unit. Most Recent 64% 69% 71% 67%
Previous 62% 68% 70% 65%
Change 2% 1% 1% 2%
C5. In this unit, we discuss ways to prevent errors from happening again. Most Recent 72% 75% 74% 74%
Previous 70% 73% 73% 72%
Change 2% 2% 1% 2%
Overall Perceptions of Patient Safety
A10R. It is just by chance that more serious mistakes don't happen around here. Most Recent 61% 65% 64% 64%
Previous 61% 65% 63% 63%
Change 0% 0% 1% 1%
A15. Patient safety is never sacrificed to get more work done. Most Recent 61% 65% 68% 63%
Previous 61% 66% 69% 64%
Change 0% -1% -1% -1%
A17R. We have patient safety problems in this unit. Most Recent 62% 68% 67% 66%
Previous 61% 67% 66% 65%
Change 1% 1% 1% 1%
A18. Our procedures and systems are good at preventing errors from happening. Most Recent 72% 75% 76% 74%
Previous 71% 75% 75% 73%
Change 1% 0% 1% 1%
Frequency of Events Reported
D1. When a mistake is made, but is caught and corrected before affecting the patient, how often is this reported? Most Recent 58% 63% 65% 61%
Previous 56% 60% 62% 58%
Change 2% 3% 3% 3%
D2. When a mistake is made, but has no potential to harm the patient, how often is this reported? Most Recent 59% 64% 66% 62%
Previous 57% 63% 64% 60%
Change 2% 1% 2% 2%
D3. When a mistake is made that could harm the patient, but does not, how often is this reported? Most Recent 73% 77% 77% 75%
Previous 72% 76% 76% 75%
Change 1% 1% 1% 0%
Communication Openness
C2. Staff will freely speak up if they see something that may negatively affect patient care. Most Recent 75% 77% 75% 77%
Previous 73% 77% 74% 76%
Change 2% 0% 1% 1%
C4. Staff feel free to question the decisions or actions of those with more authority. Most Recent 48% 49% 49% 48%
Previous 46% 47% 47% 47%
Change 2% 2% 2% 1%
C6R. Staff are afraid to ask questions when something does not seem right. Most Recent 62% 64% 62% 64%
Previous 61% 63% 61% 63%
Change 1% 1% 1% 1%
Teamwork Across Units
F2R. Hospital units do not coordinate well with each other. Most Recent 44% 52% 54% 49%
Previous 43% 51% 52% 47%
Change 1% 1% 2% 2%
F4. There is good cooperation among hospital units that need to work together. Most Recent 58% 65% 68% 62%
Previous 57% 63% 66% 60%
Change 1% 2% 2% 2%
F6R. It is often unpleasant to work with staff from other hospital units. Most Recent 60% 64% 65% 62%
Previous 58% 62% 62% 61%
Change 2% 2% 3% 1%
F10. Hospital units work well together to provide the best care for patients. Most Recent 68% 74% 76% 71%
Previous 66% 72% 73% 70%
Change 2% 2% 3% 1%
Staffing
A2. We have enough staff to handle the workload. Most Recent 51% 55% 58% 53%
Previous 52% 57% 57% 55%
Change -1% -2% 1% -2%
A5R. Staff in this unit work longer hours than is best for patient care. Most Recent 50% 55% 54% 53%
Previous 51% 56% 54% 54%
Change -1% -1% 0% -1%
A7R. We use more agency/temporary staff than is best for patient care. Most Recent 65% 69% 66% 68%
Previous 67% 70% 68% 69%
Change -2% -1% -2% -1%
A14R. We work in "crisis mode," trying to do too much, too quickly. Most Recent 47% 52% 53% 50%
Previous 46% 52% 52% 50%
Change 1% 0% 1% 0%
Handoffs & Transitions
F3R. Things "fall between the cracks" when transferring patients from one unit to another. Most Recent 38% 46% 50% 42%
Previous 37% 45% 49% 42%
Change 1% 1% 1% 0%
F5R. Important patient care information is often lost during shift changes. Most Recent 51% 55% 58% 53%
Previous 50% 54% 57% 52%
Change 1% 1% 1% 1%
F7R. Problems often occur in the exchange of information across hospital units. Most Recent 43% 49% 51% 46%
Previous 41% 48% 50% 45%
Change 2% 1% 1% 1%
F11R. Shift changes are problematic for patients in this hospital. Most Recent 44% 50% 54% 47%
Previous 42% 49% 52% 46%
Change 2% 1% 2% 1%
Nonpunitive Response to Error
A8R. Staff feel like their mistakes are held against them. Most Recent 49% 52% 49% 52%
Previous 47% 51% 49% 50%
Change 2% 1% 0% 2%
A12R. When an event is reported, it feels like the person is being written up, not the problem. Most Recent 47% 50% 48% 49%
Previous 45% 48% 46% 47%
Change 2% 2% 2% 2%
A16R. Staff worry that mistakes they make are kept in their personnel file. Most Recent 35% 37% 35% 37%
Previous 32% 36% 33% 35%
Change 3% 1% 2% 2%

Note: The item's survey location is shown to the left. An "R" indicates a negatively worded item, where the percent positive response is based on those who responded "Strongly disagree" or "Disagree," or "Never" or "Rarely" (depending on the response category used for the item).

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Internet Citation: Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture: 2014 User Comparative Database Report: Table C-6. Trending: Item-Level Average Percent Positive Response by Teaching Status and Ownership and Control—2014 Database Hospitals. March 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patientsafetyculture/hospital/2014/hosp14tablec-6.html