Supplemental Items for the SOPS Hospital Survey

AHRQ has developed supplemental items that can be added to the Hospital SOPS to assess content in areas not covered by the core questions.

All SOPS™ surveys are composed of standardized questions—referred to as core items—that support the comparability of survey content across users. There are also optional supplemental items that users may add to assess content in areas not included in the core questionnaire.

  • Composites: Supplemental items are typically ordered by subheadings or composites, which means they were developed and tested together to address a specific topic. When inserting supplemental items, include the appropriate subheadings.
  • Modifications: If you choose to administer only a subset of the supplemental items, include all items within the composites you want to assess; do not reorder items within a composite. For composites you do not want to assess, delete all the items in those composites.
  • Placement: The supplemental items should be added toward the end of the Hospital SOPS, after Section G: Number of Events Reported and before Section H: Background Information. The supplemental items should be placed together, not dispersed throughout the various sections of the Hospital SOPS. Be sure to include the definitions of terms, subheadings (relettering as needed), and instructions in the supplemental item set.

The following SOPS supplemental item sets for the Hospital Survey are available:

Page last reviewed March 2018
Page originally created December 2017
Internet Citation: Supplemental Items for the SOPS Hospital Survey. Content last reviewed March 2018. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/sops/quality-patient-safety/patientsafetyculture/hospitalsupplementalitems.html