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Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture: 2014 User Comparative Database Report.

Sorra J, Famolaro T, Yount ND, et al. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; March 2014. AHRQ Publication No. 14-0019-EF.

This annually released report of the AHRQ Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture comparative database presents benchmarking data for safety culture from 653 hospitals nationwide, including trending data on changes in safety culture perception over time for more than 300 hospitals. The full report contains detailed comparative data for various hospital characteristics (type and size) and respondent characteristics (work areas, staff positions, and direct patient contact). Areas of strength included teamwork, leadership, and continuous improvement, all of which have been emphasized in patient safety efforts. However, as in prior reports, concerns were voiced about the safety of handoffs. Most respondents reported that staffing was suboptimal for supporting patient safety, and a non-punitive approach to errors remains elusive for most hospitals.