What Every Person With Chronic Pain Should Know: A Pain Patient’s Charter Of Rights & Responsibilities

As a person with Pain you have:

  • The right to have your pain taken seriously and to be treated with dignity and respect by doctors,nurses,pharmacists and other health care 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 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.

As a person with Pain you have:

  • The responsibility to be knowledgeable about your pain.
  • The responsibility to engage in open conversation with your healthcare providers.
  • The responsibility to actively participate in your own care in partnership with your healthcare professionals.
  • The responsibility to do your best to comply with your treatment.
  • The responsibility to advocate for better pain management.
  1. Speak up! Tell your healthcare provider that you are in pain
  2. Tell you doctor or nurse where it hurts. Is you pain in one place or several? Does your pain move about?
  3. Describe how much your pain hurts. On a scale from 0 to 10, zero means no pain and 10 means the worst pain.
  4. Describe what makes your pain better or worse. Is the pain always there,or does it go away at times? Does your pain get worse when you move? Do other things make it better or worse?
  5. Describe what your pain feels like. Use specific words like sharp, stabbing, dull, aching, burning, tingling, throbbing, deep, pressing.
  6. Explain how the pain effects your daily life. Do you sleep? Work? Exercise? Participate in social events? Can you concentrate? How are your moods?
  7. Tell your doctor or nurse about any past treatment for your pain. Have you taken medication, had surgery? Tried physio or meditation? Applied heat or cold? Exercised? Explain what worked and what didn’t.

This is From : The Chronic Pain Association of Canada

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