Pain Care Bill of Rights

THE PAIN CARE BILL OF RIGHTS

AS A PERSON WITH PAIN, YOU HAVE:

 The Right to have your report of pain taken seriously and to be treated with dignity and respect by doctors, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, physician assistants and other healthcare professionals

The Right to have your pain thoroughly assessed and promptly treated.

 The Right to be informed and know your options; talk with your healthcare provider about your pain—possible cause(s), treatment options, and the benefits, risks and costs of each choice.

 The Right to participate actively in decisions about how to manage your pain.

 The Right to have your pain reassessed regularly and your treatment adjusted if your pain has not been eased.

 The Right to be referred to a pain specialist if your pain persists.

 The Right to get clear and prompt answers to your questions, take time to make decisions, and refuse a particular type of treatment if you choose.

 American Pain Foundation.     http://www.painfoundation.org

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