Pain Patient's Bill of Rights
You have a right to:
-Have your pain prevented or controlled adequately
-Have your pain and pain medication history taken
-Ask how much pain to expect and how long it might last
-Have your pain questions answered freely
-Develop a pain plan with your doctor
-Know what medication, treatment, or anesthesia will be given
-Know the risks, benefits, and side effects of treatment
-Know what alternative pain treatments may be available
-Sign a statement of informed consent before any treatment
-Be believed when you say you have pain
-Have your pain assessed on an individual basis
-Have your pain assessed using the 0=no pain/10=worst pain scale
-Ask for changes in treatments if your pain persists
-Compassionate and sympathetic care
-Receive pain medication on a timely basis
-Refuse treatment without prejudice from your doctor
-Seek a second opinion or request a pain care specialist
-Your records upon request
-Include family in decision making
Remind those who care for you that pain management is part of your diagnostic, medical, or surgical care.
- 1992 Jane Cowles, Ph.D. -
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