Tuesday, April 22, 2014

AHRQ Expands Data Collection Period on Patient Safety Culture

Lyn Bentley

Earlier this month we alerted you that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) was collecting data related to a patient safely culture in nursing centers. AHRQ has extended its data collection date for the Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture until May 31 (see notice from the AHRQ below). According to the AHRQ, “One of the purposes of the database is to produce comparative results to help nursing homes identify strengths and opportunities for improvement in their patient safety culture.” Topics covered in the survey include:
  • Teamwork; Training & Skills;
  • Non-Punitive Response to Mistakes; 
  • Communication Openness; and 
  • Feedback & Communication About Incidents. 
Results of the survey are made public in the aggregate with no identifying information about specific nursing centers or staff who responded. Centers are able to compare their individual responses to the results in the data base, providing an opportunity to assess their strengths and opportunities for improvement.

Note: This tool and the results are helpful for a center moving forward in its QAPI efforts – they may provide ideas for improvement projects.

Here's the notice from AHRQ...

Data Submission Extended to May 31 for AHRQ Nursing Home Survey

Data submission has been extended for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture Comparative Database until May 31, 2014. Nursing homes that have administered the AHRQ nursing home safety culture survey can now voluntarily submit their data.

To submit data, please go to http://www.sops-database.org/nursinghome.
  • Data submission is open from April 1 - May 31, 2014;
  • Nursing homes must have licensed nursing home beds;
  • Nursing homes must be in the U.S. or U.S. territories; and
  • Assisted living, community care, or independent living facilities are not eligible to participate.
This database is a central repository for survey data from nursing homes, or survey vendors, that have administered the AHRQ nursing home survey instrument. One of the purposes of the database is to produce comparative results to help nursing homes identify strengths and opportunities for improvement in their patient safety culture. Comparative results are reported in the aggregate and do not include any information identifying participating nursing homes.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at DatabasesOnSafetyCulture@westat.com or 1-888-324-9790.
Thank you,
The Nursing Home Survey Database Submission Team

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