How can Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHCO) standards of client education help nurses achieve quality of healthcare?
These standards require nurses and the health care team to assess patients learning needs and provide education about many topics, including medications, nutrition, the use of medical equipment, pain, and the patient's plan of care. Successful accomplishment of the standards requires collaboration among health care professionals and enhances patient safety. Educational efforts should be patient-centered by taking into consideration patients own education and experience, their desire to actively participate in the educational process, and their psychosocial, spiritual, and cultural values. It is important to document evidence of successful patient education in patients medical records. Standards such as these help to direct your patient education.