Pain Care Bill of Rights

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.

  • Have your pain thoroughly assessed and promptly treated.

  • Be informed by your healthcare provider about what may be causing your pain, possible treatments, and the benefits, risks and costs of each.

  • Participate actively in decisions about how to manage your pain.

  • Have your pain reassessed regularly and your treatment adjusted if your pain has not been eased.

  • Be referred to a pain specialist if your pain persists.

  • 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 required by law, these are the rights you should expect, and if necessary demand, for your pain care.