SOPS Surveys

The AHRQ Surveys on Patient Safety Culture (SOPS™) ask health care providers and other staff in hospitals, medical offices, nursing homes, community pharmacies, and ambulatory surgery centers about their organizational culture’s support for patient safety. Each SOPS survey kit contains survey instruments, instructions on administering the survey, and any supplemental items for those surveys.

The Surveys on Patient Safety Culture are publicly available for download and use. International users should contact for permission to use the survey outside the U.S.

Why Choose AHRQ Surveys on Patient Safety Culture?

Using the SOPS Trademark

When using any of the SOPS surveys, reference the full name "Surveys on Patient Safety Culture™ (SOPS™)" with the trademark symbol (™) to indicate trademark is pending. In the text of written documents (journal articles, press coverage, etc.), spell out the name the first time that it appears, followed by SOPS in parentheses: "Surveys on Patient Safety Culture™ (SOPS™) program." Indicate that this is a program of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

If you are administering a patient safety culture survey that is based on a SOPS survey or uses items from a SOPS survey, please refer to the instructions for modifying and naming SOPS surveys in Using the AHRQ Surveys on Patient Safety Culture™.

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Page last reviewed March 2019
Page originally created March 2018
Internet Citation: SOPS Surveys. Content last reviewed March 2019. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
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