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It is estimated that in the United States more than 76 million people suffer from pain. Pain can be chronic or acute, such as post-surgical pain. This page highlights a variety of resources related to effective pain management and patient safety.
In a recent editorial in JAMA, Dr. David W. Baker, MD, MPH, Executive Vice President, Healthcare Quality Evaluation, discussed the implications of the pain standards for the current opioid epidemic:
In the environment of today’s prescription opioid epidemic, everyone is looking for someone to blame. Often, The Joint Commission’s pain standards take that blame. We are encouraging our critics to look at our exact standards, along with the historical context of our standards, to fully understand what our accredited organizations are required to do with regard to pain.
David W. Baker, MD, MPH, FACP, executive vice president, Healthcare Quality Evaluation, The Joint Commission, discusses pain management standards.
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