Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture
The survey was designed for medical offices with at least three providers (physicians, either M.D. or D.O.; physician assistants; nurse practitioners; and other providers licensed to diagnose medical problems, treat patients, and prescribe medications). Rather than administering the survey, small offices with a solo practitioner or two providers can use it as a tool to initiate open dialog or discussion about patient safety and quality issues among providers and staff. In health systems or multisite practices, the survey may be administered in smaller offices if the responses are aggregated and only reported at the larger practice or system level. Aggregating the responses would help maintain the confidential nature of individual responses in small offices.
Medical Office Survey Toolkit
- Medical Office Survey—English (PDF Version [ - 171.66 KB] ; MS Word Version [ - 188 KB] )
- Medical Office Survey—Spanish (PDF Version [ - 231.7 KB] ; MS Word Version [ - 213 KB] )
Note: If your medical office intends to submit data to the Medical Office Comparative Database, an office-level information form should be completed for every medical office. Select to access the Medical Office Information Form.
Survey Items and Composites
- Medical Office Items and Composites—English (PDF Version [ - 104.71 KB] )
- Medical Office Items and Composites—Spanish (PDF Version [ - 243.71 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.
Many medical offices using the AHRQ Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture have expressed interest in comparing their results to other medical offices. In response, AHRQ has established the Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture Comparative Database. This database is a central repository for survey data from medical offices that have administered the AHRQ patient safety culture survey instrument.
The table below indicates the planned data submission time periods for the Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture. The next data submission period is in October 2015.
Planned Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture Data Submission Periods
|Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture||Oct. 2013||—||Oct. 2015||—||—|
Note: "—" indicates that there is no data submission for that year.
Submission Information—For medical offices interested in submitting their medical office patient safety culture survey data.
- Medical Office Information Form (PDF Version [ - 67.98 KB] )—Questions to be completed for each medical office submitting data to the AHRQ Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture Comparative Database.
- Data Use Agreement (PDF Version [ - 137.19 KB] )—Indicates how data submitted by medical offices will be used and provides confidentiality assurances.
2014 Medical Office User Comparative Database Report (Part 1 [ - 2.8 MB]; Part 2 [ - 1.3 MB] )—The latest edition of the AHRQ Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture User Comparative Database Report presents data from 27,103 staff within 935 U.S. medical offices. The full report contains detailed comparative data for various medical office characteristics (number of providers, specialty, ownership, and region) and staff position.
2012 Medical Office User Comparative Database Report (Part 1 [ - 2.96 MB]; Part 2 [ - 1.72 MB] )—The first edition of the AHRQ Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture User Comparative Database Report presents data from 23,679 staff within 934 U.S. medical offices. The full report contains detailed comparative data for various medical office characteristics (number of providers, specialty, ownership, and region) and staff position.
A webinar conducted on September 16, 2014, provides users with highlights from the 2014 Medical Office User Comparative Database Report. Users shared how their organizations have successfully used the AHRQ Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture and improved their patient safety culture over time.
A webinar conducted on April 29, 2011, provides users with an overview of the development and use of the survey. In addition, the Oregon Practice-based Research Network shares lessons learned. Results from the 2010 Preliminary Comparative Results are discussed as well as new analyses of patient safety culture perceptions between physicians and other medical office staff, and how medical office characteristics like size, ownership, specialty, and Health Information Technology (Health IT) implementation affect the survey results.