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.

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International Survey Users
Use of Survey Outside the United States
Translation Guidelines
Information for Translators

 International Survey Users

As of October 2014, the number of international users that have administered the hospital survey now includes 62 countries, with 29 different translations. The nursing home survey has been administered in eight countries and translated into six languages. The medical office survey has been administered in 16 countries and translated into six languages. Lastly, the community pharmacy survey has been administered in five countries and translated into three languages.

Table 1. List of 62 International Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture Countries

Australia
Bahamas
Bahrain
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
Chile
China
Colombia
Croatia
Denmark
Egypt
El Salvador
Finland
France
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Hong Kong
Iceland
India
 
Indonesia
Iran
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Jordan
Korea
Kuwait
Lebanon
Malaysia
Malta
Mexico
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Palestine
Peru
Philippines
Portugal
Qatar
Republic of Macedonia
Saint Lucia
Saudi Arabia
Serbia
Singapore
Slovenia
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Thailand
Turkey
Turks and Caicos Islands
Uganda
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom

Table 2. List of 29 Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture Translations

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

Table 3. List of 8 International Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture Countries

Canada
Denmark
Japan
Korea
Malta
Portugal
Spain
Switzerland

Table 4. List of 6 Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture Translations

Danish
German
Japanese
Korean
Portuguese
Spanish

Table 5. List of 16 International Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture Countries

Bahrain
Brazil
Canada
Croatia
Denmark
Ireland
Japan
Kuwait
Philippines
Portugal
Qatar
Slovenia
Spain
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Yemen

Table 6. List of 6 Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture Translations

Arabic
Croatian
Danish
Japanese
Portuguese
Spanish

Table 7. List of 5 International Community Pharmacy Survey on Patient Safety Culture Countries

China
Pakistan
Qatar
Singapore
Sudan

Table 8. List of 3 Community Pharmacy Survey on Patient Safety Culture Translations

Arabic
Chinese—Mandarin
Urdu

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 Use of Survey Outside the United States

If you plan to use the AHRQ Surveys on Patient Safety Culture outside the United States or U.S. territories, please email SafetyCultureSurveys@westat.com to request permission.

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 Translation Guidelines

  • Translation Guidelines for the AHRQ Surveys on Patient Safety Culture PDF file (PDF File, 275 KB)

These guidelines help translators translate one of the Surveys on Patient Safety Culture (i.e., the Hospital, Medical Office, Nursing Home, or Community Pharmacy 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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Page last reviewed June 2015
Internet Citation: International Use of the Surveys on Patient Safety Culture. June 2015. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patientsafetyculture/pscintusers.html