AHRQ: Most nursing home workers feel residents are safe

A majority of nursing home workers across the country feel that their residents are well cared for and safe, according to a new report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The AHRQ released findings on its first “Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture: 2011 User Comparative Database Report,” which collected data from 16,155 staff members within 226 U.S. nursing homes.

In addition to 86 percent of nursing home staff reporting that they feel residents are safe, just over half of staff (51 percent) said that they themselves feel safe reporting mistakes.

The nursing homes that have administered the Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture can use the comparative database report to compare data with other nursing homes, available here.

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