Pain Patient's Bill Of Rights: You have the right to...

From: Helen Dynda (
Sun Aug 5 23:19:16 2001

This is adapted from Jane Cowles, Ph.D.'s book, Pain Relief -- Master Media, 1994)


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.

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