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

Information Sharing and Networking

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 59 countries, with 27 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 14 countries and translated into five languages. Lastly, the community pharmacy survey has been administered in five countries and translated into three languages.

Table 1. List of 59 International Hospital Surveys on Patient Safety Culture Countries

Australia

Bahamas

Bahrain

Belgium

Brazil

Canada

Chile

China

Croatia

Colombia

Denmark

Egypt

El Salvador

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Hong Kong

Iceland

 
India

Iran

Ireland

Italy

Japan

Jordan

Korea

Kuwait

Lebanon

Malaysia

Malta

Mexico

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 27 Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture Translations

Arabic

Catalan

Chinese—Mandarin

Croatian

Danish

Dutch

Finnish

Flemish

French

 
German

Greek

Icelandic

Italian

Japanese

Korean

Macedonian

Norwegian

Persian

 
Portuguese

Serbian

Slovene

Spanish

Swedish

Tagalog

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 14 International Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture Countries

Bahrain

Canada

Croatia

Denmark

Ireland
Japan

Kuwait

Philippines

Qatar
Slovenia

Spain

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

Yemen


Table 6. List of 5 Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture Translations

Arabic

Croatian

Danish

Japanese

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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 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 email SafetyCultureSurveys@westat.com 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

  • 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 December 2014
Internet Citation: International Use of the Surveys on Patient Safety Culture. December 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patientsafetyculture/pscintusers.html