Community Pharmacy Survey on Patient Safety Culture Data Submission

Welcome to the AHRQ Community Pharmacy Survey on Patient Safety Culture Data Submission System. In response to interest from pharmacies using the SOPS Community Pharmacy Survey, AHRQ has established the Community Pharmacy Database as a central repository for this survey data. The result of this database, a Community Pharmacy Database Report, will provide average scores and percentiles on the survey items and composites to help pharmacies assess their own results to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement.

Upcoming Data Submission

  • There are no plans for data submission in 2024 for the SOPS Community Pharmacy Database.

Definition of a Pharmacy

  • A pharmacy is defined as a community pharmacy in a specific location.
  • Each pharmacy that is part of a pharmacy chain or health care system is considered a separate pharmacy.

What You Will Need for Submission

  • Data Use Agreement: Each pharmacy is required to submit a signed Data Use Agreement. Please sign and return a copy of your DUA via:
  • Copy of the Questionnaire(s) Administered: Users will need to upload a copy of the actual questionnaire(s) administered. If you used a copy of the Spanish questionnaire, please upload this questionnaire as well. We will review the submitted questionnaire(s) and users will receive an approved/not approved email within 3 business days.

    NOTE: Submitted questionnaires must follow the principles and standards established by AHRQ under the SOPS Trademark. Your questionnaire will not be approved if:
    • You made changes to any of the questionnaire item text and/or response options.
    • You reordered questionnaire items A1−E1.
    • You deleted one or more items between A1−E1.
    • You added new questions between items A1 and E1 (Please add any additional questions to the end of the questionnaire after Section E, before the demographic questions in Section F).
  • Pharmacy Site Information: Users can upload pharmacy site information in one of two ways; one at a time on the Data Submission Web site or all at once in an Excel spreadsheet. Each pharmacy, including those from a health care system, is considered a separate pharmacy for submission purposes. Please use the Pharmacy Site-Level Survey on Patient Safety Culture Specifications (PDF, 161 KB, PDF HELP) as a guide when entering your site information.
    • Sample Pharmacy Site Information Data File (XLSX, 11 KB)
  • Pharmacy Data: Users will need to upload their community pharmacy survey data, conforming to the Pharmacy Survey Data File Specifications (PDF, 174 KB, PDF HELP).
    • Sample Pharmacy Survey Data File (XLSX, 16 KB)

Technical Assistance

For technical assistance on data submission, email or call 1-888-324-9790.