Establishing culture of safety is an essential component to develop high reliability organizations and ensure patient safety. The AHRQ Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture is a validated survey that examines organizational perceptions about safety culture ranging from communication about errors to teamwork within and across units. In 2019, AHRQ released a new version, the SOPS Hospital Survey 2.0.
The 2021 SOPS Hospital 1.0 Database Report includes 320 hospitals and 191,977 respondents, and the 2.0 Database Report includes 172 hospitals and 87,856 respondents. In both reports, areas of strength included teamwork within units and leadership, and respondents reported concerns about handoffs and transitions. The 1.0 Database Report also noted concerns about leadership expectations and actions for promoting safety, and the 2.0 Database Report noted concerns about staffing and work pace.