CAHPS Database

About the CAHPS Database

The CAHPS Database (formerly known as the National CAHPS Benchmarking Database) is the repository for data from selected CAHPS surveys. The primary purpose of the CAHPS Database is to facilitate comparisons of CAHPS survey results by and among survey users. To support the use of CAHPS survey results, the CAHPS Database offers products and services that include comparative benchmark results, custom analyses, and data for research purposes. Participation in the CAHPS Database is free and open to all survey users. Learn more about the CAHPS Database.

Submitting Data

Participation in the CAHPS Database is open to all users of the Health Plan Survey and Clinician & Group Survey that administer surveys according to CAHPS specifications. In return, participating organizations are able to access a Private Feedback Report in Excel with their own results compared to the overall database average. Learn about submitting data.

Comparative Data

The CAHPS Online Reporting System is a Web-based platform for viewing results of the Health Plan Survey and the Clinician & Group Survey. The reporting system presents results for composite measures, rating measures, and individual survey items, organized according to survey version and field period. Learn about comparative data.

Research Datasets

Researchers may gain authorized access to de-identified data files from the CAHPS Database to help answer important health services research questions related to patient experience of care as measured by CAHPS. Survey data may be granted to researchers who submit a research abstract and sign a data use agreement that ensures the confidentiality of the data. Learn how to request data for research.

Page last reviewed February 2017
Page originally created May 2012
Internet Citation: CAHPS Database. Content last reviewed February 2017. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/cahps/cahps-database/index.html