Have you been to an ER in the last decade? If so, do you remember being asked about your pain level? The infamous question in the adult realm, “Sir, can you rate your pain on a scale of 0-10… zero being no pain and ten being the worst pain you’ve ever had in your entire life.” Every wonder why this was? Maybe you weren’t even in pain and they still asked you. Do you remember being in the ER perhaps two decades ago where there wasn’t a big push to know what your pain was? Maybe, you weren’t even asked.
What is JCAHO and what might it have to do with the drug abuse problem in the US?
JCAHO is an abbreviation for Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. It is an organization made up of individuals from the private medical sector to develop and maintain standards of quality in medical facilities in the United States.Okay, great Jordyn, how can this possibly relate to the prescription abuse problem in the USA?
Joint Commission comes out with goals for medical care of patients. In the 90’s, one of their thoughts was that pain was not being adequately addressed among healthcare professionals so it became a standard for them to have us ask, evaluate and treat patients’ pain.
This Time magazine piece gives a nice consensus about how well intentioned bureaucracy intrusion can have disastrous effects on how medical care is delivered and ultimately leads to consequences for the patient: