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Comment & Response
July 4, 2017

The Joint Commission and the Opioid Epidemic

Author Affiliations
  • 1Toxikon Consortium, John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2NorthShore University HealthSystem, Glenview, Illinois
JAMA. 2017;318(1):91-92. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.6694

To the Editor The Viewpoint on the history of The Joint Commission’s pain standards1 presented 4 lessons the organization learned to help address the current opioid epidemic. However, we believe that these lessons do not go far enough in evaluating The Joint Commission’s involvement in the opioid epidemic.

First, Dr Baker stated that The Joint Commission’s 2000 standards for pain management “were a bold attempt to address widespread underassessment and undertreatment of pain.”1 However, there was no clamor within the health care community for such a regulatory-based approach to pain management.

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