Some organizations write and post statements about pain management that explicitly describe patient rights and responsibilities, along with what to expect from health care providers. Such statements put into real, concrete terms what an institution believes it should do for patients and demonstrate a commitment to pain management. People are likely to trust and rely on organizations that make patient comfort a top priority.Rely on Patient Self-Reports
Having patients report their pain intensity levels, and helping them to set goals for pain management, is critical to good pain management. However, patients may need guidance before they can describe or rate their pain intensity level. Organizations have an array of standard pain assessment tools from which to choose, as well as newer versions that meet patients' linguistic or expressive abilities. Using these starting points, teams can begin to apply the rapid-cycle model.
|What Can Pain Do To You?|
It Can Make You:
|Statement on Pain Management|
|All patients have a right to pain relief. Health care providers will:
Source: Building an Institutional Commitment to Pain Management, The Wisconsin Resource Manual for Improvement, Wisconsin Cancer Pain Initiative, University of Wisconsin.
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