Your Role in Managing Pain

Your rights

As a patient at a Legacy Health hospital, you can expect:

  • Information about pain and pain relief measures.
  • A concerned staff committed to pain prevention.
  • Health professionals who respond quickly to reports of pain.
  • State-of-the-art pain management.
  • Pain expressions will be believed.

Your responsibilities

Legacy Health expects that you will:

  • Ask your doctor or nurse what to expect.
  • Discuss pain relief options with your doctors and nurses.
  • Work with your doctors and nurses to make a pain relief plan.
  • Ask for pain relief drugs when the pain first begins.
  • Help the doctor and nurse measure your pain.
  • Tell the doctor or nurse about any pain that will not go away.
  • Not worry about getting "hooked" on pain medication.

 

For more information, see Pain Management.