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 March 2017, the number of international users that have administered the hospital survey includes 71 countries, with 32 different translations. The nursing home survey has been administered in 10 countries and translated into 7 languages. The medical office survey has been administered in 17 countries and translated into 6 languages. Lastly, the community pharmacy survey has been administered in 7 countries and translated into 3 languages.

Table 1. List of 71 International Hospital Surveys on Patient Safety Culture Countries

Argentina
Australia
Austria
Bahamas
Bahrain
Belgium
Brazil
Brunei
Cameroon
Canada
Chile
China
Colombia
Croatia
Czech Republic
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
Scotland
Singapore
Slovenia
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Thailand
Tunisia
Turkey
Turks and Caicos Islands
Uganda
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia

Table 2. List of 32 Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture Translations

Arabic
Bahasa Indonesia
Catalan
Chinese—Mandarin
Croatian
Czech
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
Vietnamese

Table 3. List of 10 International Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture Countries

Canada
Denmark
Japan
Malta
Norway
Portugal
Singapore
South Korea
Spain
Switzerland

Table 4. List of 7 Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture Translations

Danish
German
Japanese
Korean
Norwegian
Portuguese
Spanish

Table 5. List of 17 International Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture Countries

Bahrain
Brazil
Canada
Croatia
Denmark
France
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 7 International Community Pharmacy Survey on Patient Safety Culture Countries

China
Egypt
Malaysia
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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 Translation Guidelines

AHRQ's support contractor maintains a list of international users to facilitate international information sharing and networking. Please contact the Surveys on Patient Safety Culture team (SafetyCultureSurveys@westat.com) to request AHRQ’s permission to translate and/or use the surveys internationally. The Translation Guidelines for the AHRQ Surveys on Patient Safety Culture provide guidance for those interested in translating one of the safety culture surveys. The guidelines present a 7-step process using 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 convey the same meanings as the English version, use language that is familiar to and easily understood by respondents, are culturally appropriate, and use correct grammar and syntax.

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

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 April 2017
Page originally created September 2012
Internet Citation: International Use of the Surveys on Patient Safety Culture. Content last reviewed April 2017. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patientsafetyculture/pscintusers.html