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Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture

Purpose and Use of This Report

The Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture, released in 2008, is an expansion of the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The nursing home survey is specifically designed to measure the culture of resident safety in nursing homes from a staff perspective. The Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture: 2011 Comparative Database Report consists of data from 226 nursing homes and 16,155 nursing home staff respondents who completed the survey.

This comparative database report was developed as a tool for the following purposes:

  • Comparison—To allow nursing homes to compare their patient safety culture survey results with those from other nursing homes.
  • Assessment and Learning—To provide data to nursing homes to facilitate internal assessment and learning in the patient safety improvement process.
  • Supplemental Information—To provide supplemental information to help nursing homes identify their strengths and areas with potential for improvement in patient safety culture.

The report presents statistics (averages, standard deviations, minimum and maximum scores, and percentiles) on the patient safety culture composites and items from the survey.

Appendixes A and B present overall results by nursing home characteristics (bed size and ownership) and respondent characteristics (job title, nursing home work area, interaction with residents, and shift worked most often).

Page last reviewed October 2014
Page originally created August 2011
Internet Citation: Purpose and Use of This Report. Content last reviewed October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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