Nursing

Website spotlight: Joint Commission to release communication and language standards to encourage health equity

Nurse Leader Insider, May 31, 2010

Want to receive articles like this one in your inbox? Subscribe to Nurse Leader Insider!

The Joint Commission will be releasing new standards for hospitals surrounding language, culture, and communication in the January 2011 hospital manual.

The standards, announced in the January 2010 Perspectives on The Joint Commission, will be accompanied by a Web-based, downloadable guide, which was released in May. Hospitals will be able to view the standards at this time, and although they will be included in the 2011 hospital manual, they will not be factored into a hospital’s accreditation at that time, said Paul Schyve, MD, senior vice president at The Joint Commission, who spoke during a Webcast entitled New Joint Commission Standards to Improve Patient-Provider Communication in April.

“We realized that there were more barriers to effective, safe care and communication than just culture and just language,” said Schyve.

To develop the standards, The Joint Commission put together a technical expert panel (TEP) of people involved in many areas of healthcare as well as other areas of society.

Editor’s note: To read the rest of this article, visit “Ongoing safety assessment in the psychiatric milieu” found in the Reading Room at www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com.

 

Do you need continuing education (CE) credits? Check out this month’s CE article about suicide risk assessment and its place in patient safety and the survey or visit our archives and view a compilation of CE articles (marked with an asterisk).



Want to receive articles like this one in your inbox? Subscribe to Nurse Leader Insider!

Most Popular