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Culture of Safety Survey

MUSC is currently midway through our annual Culture of Safety Survey. This validated survey (, which consists of 42 questions and was designed in 2004 by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), has been administered to millions of health care providers in the U.S. and abroad; over 560,000 last year alone.

Our 2013 results are shown below, comparing ourselves with other teaching hospitals.

For valid results, adequate response rates are essential. Last year, our overall response was 44 percent; nationally, the response rate last year was 53 percent. If you are a front–line caregiver and haven’t taken the survey yet, please visit the Patient Safety website for instructions:

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March 9, 2014

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