<> PAIN PATIENT'S BILL OF RIGHTS <>
You have the right to:
* Have your pain prevented or controlled adequately. * Have your pain and pain-medication history taken.
* 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 = not pain, 10 = worst pain scale.
* Ask for changes in treatments, if your pain persists.
* Receive 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.
* Be given your records on request.
* Include your family in decision-making.
* Remind those who care for you that your pain management is part of your diagnostic, medical or surgical care.