New R3 Report Details Rationale and Research Behind Joint Commission Requirements

Wilmette, Illinois, UNITED STATES

OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL--(Marketwire - February 9, 2011) - A new complimentary electronic bulletin from The Joint Commission offers an in-depth look at the rationale behind new Joint Commission standards, National Patient Safety Goals and performance measures and documents the supporting research and scientific data behind the development of the requirements. The first issue of the bulletin, "R3 Report -- Requirement, Rationale, Reference," launches today and will be published on an as-needed basis when new standards, Goals and performance measures are instituted.

Each issue of R3 Report will offer in-depth information on the rationale behind a new requirement or group of requirements that goes beyond the information included in The Joint Commission standards and performance measure specifications manuals. R3 Report is The Joint Commission's direct response to requests from the field for more information about requirements and is written for a clinical audience. The bulletin will be periodically reviewed and updated based on continuing customer feedback.

"It is our hope that the type of information we are providing will give the field a deeper understanding of the requirements and their importance. We want to help people understand the 'why' behind a requirement, and the capacity it has to impact patient safety and quality of care rather than viewing it as a reason for compulsory work," says Jerod M. Loeb, Ph.D., executive vice president, Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation, The Joint Commission.

The first issue of R3 Report focuses on the patient-centered communication standards for hospitals. To view the newsletter, or to sign-up to receive the newsletter by e-mail, visit

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 9,700 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. In addition, The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 1,700 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

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