Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture – 2019 User Database Report

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare®

“In response to requests from nursing homes interested in comparing their results with those of other nursing homes on the Surveys on Patient Safety Culture™ (SOPSTM) Nursing Home Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) established the Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture user database.

Nursing homes do not necessarily administer the nursing home patient safety culture survey every year. They may administer it on an 18-month, 24-month, or other cycle. Therefore, the database is a “rolling” indicator that contains data from January 2016 to July 2018. The 2019 database retains data for up to 2.5 prior years when a nursing home does not have new data to submit, replaces older data with more recent data when available, and adds data from nursing homes submitting for the first time.

The (45-page) report presents statistics (averages, standard deviations, minimum and maximum scores, and percentiles) on the patient safety culture composite measures and items from the survey.

This report has two appendixes:

  • Appendix A presents results by nursing home characteristics (bed size, ownership, and census region).
  • Appendix B presents results by respondent characteristics (job title, nursing home work area, interaction with residents, shift worked most often, and tenure in nursing home).”

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality developed the Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture to assess safety culture in long-term care facilities. This report summarizes survey data from nearly 10,500 staff working in 191 nursing homes. Respondents reported positive perceptions of resident safety and feedback and communication about incidents. Areas needing improvement included comfort with speaking up about safety concerns and sufficient staffing. As in prior studies of safety culture, managers reported higher safety culture scores compared to frontline staff. Most respondents reported that they would recommend the facility where they worked to friends and family.

I encourage you to review this report. If you don’t have time today to go through the full report, take a look at the 2-page Executive Summary. It’s a quick read with graphics to showcase findings.

How would your facility rank in patient safety culture?