Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture
In 2004, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, a staff survey designed to help hospitals assess the culture of safety in their institutions. Since then, hundreds of hospitals across the United States and internationally have implemented the survey.
In response to requests from hospitals interested in comparing their safety culture survey results to other hospitals, AHRQ funded the development of a comparative database on the survey in 2006. The database comprises voluntarily submitted data from U.S. hospitals that administered the survey. Comparative database reports were produced in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016.
Hospital Survey Toolkit
- Hospital Survey—English ( PDF Version [ - 170.56 KB] ; MS Word Version [ - 153 KB] ).
- Facility version: Replaces the term "hospital" with "facility" ( PDF Version [ - 300.65 KB] ; MS Word Version [ - 154 KB] ).
- Hospital Survey—Spanish ( PDF Version [ - 151.21 KB] ; MS Word Version [ - 116 KB] ).
Survey Items and Dimensions
- Hospital Survey Items and Dimensions—English (PDF Version [ - 119.11 KB] ).
- Hospital Survey Items and Dimensions—Spanish and Description of Translation Process ( PDF Version [ - 240.86 KB] ).
Survey User's Guide
The User's Guide provides a general overview of the issues and major decisions involved in conducting a survey and reporting the results. The Guide includes information on getting started, selecting a sample, determining data collection methods, establishing data collection procedures, conducting a Web-based survey, and preparing and analyzing data, and producing reports.
- Survey User's Guide ( PDF version [ - 1.1 MB] ).
AHRQ has established the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture Comparative Database as a central repository for survey data from hospitals that have administered the AHRQ patient safety culture survey instrument. The database serves as an important resource for hospitals wishing to compare their patient safety culture survey results to those of other hospitals in support of patient safety culture improvement.
- Comparative Database Reports—See results from the Hospital Comparative Database.
- Submission Information—For hospitals interested in submitting their hospital patient safety culture survey data.
- Research Datasets: Hospital Comparative Database Data Files—Provides information and application instructions for researchers interested in obtaining deidentified and hospital-identifiable data files from the Comparative Database to conduct research in support of health care improvement.
Action Planning Tool (PDF File, 368.7 KB; Word File, 111.77 KB)
This tool was designed primarily for users of the AHRQ Surveys on Patient Safety Culture and is intended for use after your organization administers the survey and analyzes the results. It provides step-by-step guidance to help survey users develop an action plan to improve patient safety culture.
The purpose of this research reference list is to provide citations for articles published on the AHRQ safety culture surveys. It includes references on the use of the surveys; psychometric analyses; analyses linking the survey to outcome data; reviews of instruments; and international studies.