Rights and Responsibilities of the Patients with Pain
Rights and Responsibilities of the Patients with Pain

It is important for you to understand that you have both rights and responsibilities when it comes to pain management. You need to work with your provider (and your family and friends if you want) to make your concerns about pain and pain management known.

Patient rights related to pain management

  • I have the right to:
    • have my reports of pain believed and acted on by my providers
    • have my pain controlled, no matter what its cause or how severe it may be
    • expect that my providers will know how to manage my pain or will refer me to someone who does
  • I have the right to:
    • be treated with respect at all times. When I need medication for pain, I should not be treated like a drug abuser.
    • have my cultural beliefs about pain be considered when pain management plans are being made

Patient responsibilities related to pain management

  • I need to:
    • Ask my provider what to expect regarding pain and pain management
    • Discuss my pain relief options with my providers
    • Work with my providers to develop a pain management plan
    • Ask for pain relief when the pain first begins
  • As a person with pain I need to:
    • Help my providers assess/evaluate my pain
    • Tell my providers if my pain is not relieved
    • Tell my providers about any worries I have about taking pain medications





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