What Are the SOPS Surveys?
The AHRQ Surveys on Patient Safety Culture™ (SOPS®) ask healthcare 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.
Surveys on Patient Safety Culture
- Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture.
- Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture.
- Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture.
- Community Pharmacy Survey on Patient Safety Culture.
- Ambulatory Surgery Center Survey on Patient Safety Culture.
Users of SOPS surveys have the option of incorporating additional questions, known as supplemental items, to customize their questionnaires.
- Supplemental Items for the SOPS Hospital Survey:
- Supplemental Item Sets for the SOPS Medical Office Survey:
The SOPS surveys and supplemental items are publicly available for download and use, however, international users should contact SafetyCultureSurveys@westat.com for permission to use the survey outside the United States.
Using the Surveys
When using any of the SOPS surveys, reference the full name "Surveys on Patient Safety Culture" 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 with the registered trademark symbol (®): "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™.