[chronicpain] Pain Patient's Bill Of Rights

From: Tina Shelby (tshelby@usit.net)
Tue Feb 15 14:28:44 2000

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>Date: 14 Feb 2000 23:27:31 -0000
>From: jim@goedhart.com
>To: chronicpain@list.goedhart.com
>Subject: [chronicpain] Pain Patient's Bill Of Rights
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>Pain Patient's Bill Of Rights
>By: Jane Cowles, Ph.D., adapted from her book Pain Relief?(MasterMedia,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=no 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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