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What are the Joint Commission standards for pain management?

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The Joint Commission's standards for pain management are the basis of an evaluation process that helps health care providers assess, measure and improve their performance in the field of pain management, according to the Joint Commission. These standards are not publicly available; they are must be purchased from the Joint Commission.

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The Joint Commission develops standards for pain management using the input of health care professionals and providers, experts in pain management, consumers of pain management products and relevant government agencies, notes the Joint Commission. The commission develops these standards by identifying emerging safety and quality issues that suggest the need for modified or additional requirements. The commission then prepares draft standards with input from technical advisory panels, submits them for review by field experts and then submits them to certification by the Standards & Survey Procedures Committee.

Once the draft standards are accredited, the commission distributes them for review, revises them as necessary and provides them to the Board of Commissioners for a comment period. After that period of time passes, the standards are final, according to the Joint Commission. Once a standard is in effect, the Joint Commission continues to monitor the response of the health care community in order to continuously improve its services and adjust future standards as necessary.

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