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Pain Care Bill of Rights June 23, 2010 11:34 PM

Pain Care Bill of Rights

Source: American Pain Foundation, www.painfoundation.org

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 and other healthcare professionals.

**The right to have your pain thoroughly assessed and promptly treated.

**The right to be informed by your doctor about what may be causing your pain, possible treatments, and the benefits, risks and costs of each.

**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.

Although not always rquired by law (yet), these are the rights you should expect, and if necessary demand, for your pain care.  

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