International Use of the Surveys on Patient Safety Culture

Since the release of the AHRQ Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture in November 2004, the number of international survey users has grown. This page provides information on international use, including languages into which the survey has been translated and guidelines for translation.

Since the release of the AHRQ Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture in November 2004, the number of international survey users has grown. This page provides information on international use, including languages into which the survey has been translated and guidelines for translation.



 

Contents

International Survey Users
Information Sharing and Networking
Translation Guidelines
Information for Translators

 

International Survey Users

As of February 2012, the number of international users that have administered the hospital survey now includes 45 countries, with 24 different translations. Both the nursing home survey and medical office survey have been administered in five countries and translated into three languages.

Table 1. List of 45 International Hospital Surveys on Patient Safety (SOPS) Countries

Australia
Bahrain
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
China
Croatia
Denmark
Egypt
El Salvador
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Iceland
 
India
Iran
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Jordan
Korea
Lebanon
Malaysia
Malta
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Pakistan
Philippines
 
Portugal
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Serbia
Singapore
Slovenia
Spain
Sudan
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Thailand
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
 

Table 2. List of 24 Hospital SOPS Translations

Arabic
Chinese—Mandarin
Croatian
Danish
Dutch
Finnish
Flemish
French
 
German
Greek
Icelandic
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Norwegian
Persian
 
Portuguese
Serbian
Slovene
Spanish
Swedish
Thai
Turkish
Urdu
 

Table 3. List of 5 International Nursing Home SOPS Countries

Canada
Denmark
Japan
Malta
Spain
 

Table 4. List of 5 International Medical Office SOPS Countries

Canada
Denmark
Ireland
Japan
Spain
 

Table 5. List of 3 Medical Office and Nursing Home SOPS Translations

Danish
Japanese
Spanish
 

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Information Sharing and Networking

AHRQ is interested in finding out about international users of the patient safety culture surveys. If you are an international user, please E-mail SafetyCultureSurveys@ahrq.hhs.gov to share information about your administration of the surveys, results, and any translations you have made of the surveys. AHRQ's support contractor maintains a list of international users to facilitate international information sharing and networking. AHRQ is also interested in citations and copies of publications from international users.

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Translation Guidelines

These guidelines help translators translate one of the Surveys on Patient Safety Culture (i.e., the Hospital, Medical Office, or Nursing Home Surveys). The 7-step process uses a team approach based on current best practices for survey translations (e.g., Douglas and Craig, 2007; Forsyth, et al., 2007; Institute of Survey Research, 2008; U.S. Census Bureau, 2009; Weidmer et al., 2006). Following these guidelines will help ensure that the survey's items, instructions, and responses:

  1. Convey the same meanings as the English version.
  2. Use language that is familiar to and easily understood by respondents.
  3. Are culturally appropriate.
  4. Use correct grammar and syntax.

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Information for Translators

Information for translators provides information about the intended meaning of the survey items to help translators develop a translation of the AHRQ Surveys on Patient Safety Culture that conveys the same meaning as the original U.S. English version.

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Current as of March 2012
Internet Citation: International Use of the Surveys on Patient Safety Culture. March 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patientsafetyculture/pscintusers.html