Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture

In response to nursing homes interested in a survey that focuses on patient safety culture in their facilities, AHRQ sponsored the development of the Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture. This new survey is designed specifically for nursing home providers and staff and asks for their opinions about the culture of patient safety in their nursing home. It is not designed for use in assisted living facilities, community care facilities, or independent living facilities.

Nursing Home Survey Toolkit

Frequently Asked Questions

Survey Form

Survey Items and Dimensions

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 User's 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.

Comparative Database

Many nursing homes using the AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture have expressed interest in comparing their results to other nursing homes. In response, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has established the Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture Comparative Database. This database is a central repository for survey data from nursing homes that have administered the AHRQ patient safety culture survey instrument.

The table below indicates the planned data submission time periods for the Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture. The next data submission period is in April 2016.

Planned Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture Data Submission Periods

  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture   April 2014 April 2016

Note: "—" indicates that there is no data submission for that year.

Submission Information—For nursing homes interested in submitting their nursing home patient safety culture survey data.

Data Use Agreement (PDF version - 54 KB)—Indicates how data submitted by nursing homes will be used and provides confidentiality assurances.

Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture: 2011 User Comparative Database Report ( Part 1 [ PDF file - 1.19 MB]   Part 2 [ PDF file - 633 KB] —The first edition of the AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture User Comparative Database Report presents data from 16,155 staff within 226 U.S. nursing homes. The 2011 report provides results that nursing homes can use to compare their patient safety culture to other U.S. nursing homes. The full report contains detailed comparative data for various nursing home characteristics (size and ownership) and respondent characteristics (job titles, work areas, direct patient contact, and shift worked).

Additional Resources

Technical Assistance Conference Call

A national technical assistance conference call conducted on March 31, 2010, provides users with an overview of the development of the survey. In addition, two professionals share their success and challenges in survey administration from both a regional perspective and an individual nursing home, and discuss how to maximize survey response and use survey results to develop action plans to target safety culture improvement initiatives.
Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patientsafetyculture/nursing-home/index.html