How does your culture measure up?

July 22, 2013    |   By: Calevir

True or False?   Safety culture impacts error rates.   TRUE!   AHRQ’s recent Safety Primer on Safety Culture reinforces the need to assess and improve the safety culture.   The enhanced focus is also appearing as safety culture assessments are being mandated by National Quality Forum’s Safe Practices for Healthcare and the Leapfrog Group.

True or False?   It’s more efficient and effective to assess my entire organization rather than assess individual units or departments.   FALSE!   While it’s easy to survey an entire organization, the Center makes it even easier to survey your organization by individual units and departments.   It’s been found that the most meaningful results come from unit-level analysis.

True or False?   Only hospitals survey their culture.   FALSE!   The Center administers culture surveys   in standard AHRQ formats for physician offices, long-term care facilities, and pharmacies in addition to hospitals.   Some surveys are also available in Spanish.

Our services remove the administrative burden from your organization and make it easier and more meaningful to conduct the survey on patient safety culture.   The Center’s services include electronic templates for posters and emails; an online, secure, and anonymous survey platform; and, detailed reports including trend information from the previous survey.   It’s well worth the investment to continually know how you measure up in the patient safety arena.

Contact us or check out our website for more information about our survey services!


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