Critical Access Hospital Patient Safety Priorities and Initiatives: Results of the 2004 National CAH Survey


Describes the patient safety results from a national phone survey of 474 CAH administrators conducted in 2004. Survey respondents were queried regarding top patient safety priorities, familiarity with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO) and implementation of initiatives related to the goals, factors that limit or support their ability to implement patient safety interventions, and pharmacist staffing and computer software to improve medication safety. The survey findings provide encouraging evidence of CAH interest in patient safety, but should be interpreted cautiously because of the significant number of CAHs which reported that financial resources, staff time, and technology are limiting factors in their ability to implement patient safety interventions. Report produced by the Flex Monitoring Project, funded by the Office of Rural Health Policy.

University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
Michelle Casey, Ira Moscovice, Jill Klingner