The CAHPS Child Hospital Survey Data Submission System

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Participation in the CAHPS Child Hospital Survey Database is open to hospitals that administer the CAHPS Child Hospital Survey, provided the questionnaires are administered in a manner consistent with CAHPS guidance and the survey data are submitted according to CAHPS specifications.

Learn about the CAHPS Child Hospital Survey.

The 2022 submission system is now closed.


Key Dates for 2023


  • Data submission period: March 13 - April 14, 2023
  • Survey administration period: Between January 1 and December 31, 2022

To be notified about future submission periods, please sign up for email updates from AHRQ.


How to Participate in the Child Hospital Survey Database


Organizations that want to participate in the Child Hospital Survey Database must take the following five steps during the data submission window.

  • Register for an account: New participants (or their vendors) must complete a registration form. The CAHPS Database staff will review your request and send you an email with the information needed to access the data submission system.
  • Enter hospital information: This information includes the name of the hospital, the Medicare Provider ID or CCN, and state.
  • Upload a Data Use Agreement (DUA): Sign and upload a copy of the DUA (PDF, 794KB) into the submission system. Please do not email or fax the DUA.
  • Upload the CAHPS questionnaire: Provide a copy of the survey instrument administered by your organization. CAHPS Database staff will review the submitted questionnaire and send you an approval/rejection email.
    • Recommendation: Send your questionnaire to the Database staff for review prior to data collection to ensure compatibility with the database.
  • When the questionnaire has been approved, upload the CAHPS data file in CSV format. The data file must conform to the Data File Specifications (PDF, 179KB). CAHPS Database staff will review the submitted data file(s) and send you an approval/rejection email.

Approval Process: Every questionnaire, data use agreement, and data file is reviewed by the CAHPS Database staff. Each step of the review process can take up to 3 business days.

Help: For technical assistance, please contact the CAHPS Database staff:

OMB Control No.: 0935-0243 Expiration Date: 10/31/2025

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