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Thursday 12:56 CST, February 22, 2018

Pain Management

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.


History of The Joint Commission Pain Standards

A recent article reviews the history of The Joint Commission standards, changes over time, and recent efforts to update the standards and add new standards to address today’s opioid epidemic in the United States.

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:

Pain Standards



Video: Debunking Pain Standard Myths

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.