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Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture

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In response to nursing homes interested in a survey that focuses on patient safety culture in their facilities, AHRQ sponsored the development of the Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture. This new survey is designed specifically for nursing home providers and staff and asks for their opinions about the culture of patient safety in their nursing home. It is not designed for use in assisted living facilities, community care facilities, or independent living facilities.

Nursing Home Survey Toolkit | Comparative Database | Additional Resources | Technical Assistance

Nursing Home Survey Toolkit

Frequently Asked Questions

Survey Form

Survey Items and Dimensions

Survey User's Guide

The User's Guide provides a general overview of the issues and major decisions involved in conducting a survey and reporting the results. The User's Guide includes information on getting started, selecting a sample, determining data collection methods, establishing data collection procedures, conducting a Web-based survey, and preparing and analyzing data, and producing reports.

Nursing Home Survey Feedback Report Template

Note: Microsoft® Word® Versions can be viewed with the free Word® Viewer (Plugin Software Help). PowerPoint® files can be accessed using a free PowerPoint® Viewer (Plugin Software Help).

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Comparative Database

Many nursing homes using the AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture have expressed interest in comparing their results to other nursing homes. In response, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has established the Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture Comparative Database. This database is a central repository for survey data from nursing homes that have administered the AHRQ patient safety culture survey instrument.

Additional Resources

Improving Patient Safety in Nursing Homes: A Resource List for Users of the AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture

This document contains references to Web sites that provide practical resources nursing homes can use to implement changes to improve patient safety culture and patient safety. These resources are not a complete and exhaustive list, but are provided to give initial guidance to nursing homes looking for information about patient safety initiatives. This document will be updated periodically.

Data Entry and Analysis Tool

This data entry and analysis tool works with Microsoft® Excel® and makes it easy to input your individual-level data from the survey. The tool then automatically creates tables and graphs to display your survey results.

Technical Assistance Conference Call

A national technical assistance conference call conducted on March 31, 2010, provides users with an overview of the development of the survey. In addition, two professionals share their success and challenges in survey administration from both a regional perspective and an individual nursing home, and discuss how to maximize survey response and use survey results to develop action plans to target safety culture improvement initiatives.

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Technical Assistance

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Current as of March 2012

Internet Citation:

Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture. March 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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