Quality & Patient Safety

Joint Commission to release communication and language standards to encourage health equity

Patient Safety Monitor, June 1, 2010

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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.

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