Are patients feeling threatened during their stay in hospital?

We use patient surveys to find out whether patients have felt threatened whilst in hospital.


Last updated: 01/08/2016

Hospital care

The Adult Inpatient Survey is one of a number of key benchmark standards that is used by the NHS to reflect patient experience. The question "Did you feel threatened during your stay by other patients or visitors?" is part of the Hospital and Ward section of the survey.

How has the proportion of patients feeling threatened in hospital changed? 01/08/2016

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The national responses to this question have remained fairly constant since 2007, with the majority of patients (97% since 2013) not feeling threatened during their stay in hospital by other patients or visitors.

About this data

The results from 2005-14 were taken from analysis undertaken in November 2015 on the trends over the period. To enable fairer comparisons between years, data was standardised to account for demographic differences in respondents. All data points were adjusted to the age, gender and admission route profile of respondents in 2014. 2015 results are standardised to the demographic profile of 2015 in terms of age/sex/route of admission. This is acceptable when comparing year-on-year results because of the relatively limited annual change in the demographic profile of the overall set of respondents. However, over longer periods, the small annual changes accumulate and need to be taken into account, and further standardisation needs to be applied (see more).

The results (percentages) from each provider are given equal weight in calculating the England results. Some providers have a higher response rate than others and would therefore have a greater influence over the England average.

To correct this, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) applies a ‘weight’ to the data. As a result of applying this weight, the responses from each provider have an equal influence over the England average, regardless of differences in response rates between providers.

Results (percentages) are presented from CQC's national reports and have been rounded up or down to whole numbers. If two response categories are added together (such as ‘very good’ and ’good’), the resulting figure will be slightly different to the figures reported elsewhere, because these used results to at least two decimal places. Likewise, columns may not add up to exactly 100% due to the rounding.

For more information please see NHS Surveys: Current surveys, Previous surveys.