What Every Patient Should Know: Patient Bill of Rights

  • 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.