Find a safe hospital
How can you tell if your hospital has a good patient safety culture? Surveys and training tools that address safety culture are relatively new, so most hospitals are still learning about how they can improve.
But other tools can indicate a hospital’s overall quality. For example, Hospital Compare, hospitalcompare.hhs.gov
, an online tool from the federal government, lets you compare the quality of care at hospitals. Hospital Compare includes results from a survey that asks patients about their recent hospital stay. Patients tell about communication with doctors and nurses, how they rate the hospital, and whether they would recommend the hospital.
Dr. Clancy is head of the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. She writes about navigating the healthcare system in her column Evidence Doc.