Hospital Pain Care Survey


Recently a group of U.S. senators proposed that Medicare no longer require hospitals to ask patients about the quality of their pain care in patient satisfaction surveys.  Medicare uses a funding formula that rewards hospitals that are rated highly by patients, while penalizing those that are not.

The senators believe questioning patients about their pain has lead to over-prescribing “because physicians may feel compelled to prescribe opioid pain relievers” to improve their hospital’s ranking in satisfaction surveys.

We will be asking a series of multiple choice questions about your own experience with hospitals. Please select the answer that best fits your experience. There is an area at the end of the survey where you can leave additional comments.

* 1. Do you have acute or chronic pain?

* 2. How many times in the last five years have you been admitted to a hospital or been treated in an emergency room?

3. Was pain usually the primary reason you were admitted to a hospital?

4. If you experienced pain after a surgery or treatment in a hospital, was it adequately controlled?

5. How would you rate the overall quality of your medical care in hospitals?

6. How would you rate the quality of your pain treatment in hospitals?

7. Do you currently take an opioid pain medication?

8. Did you ever feel you were labelled as an addict or “drug seeker” by hospital staff?

9. Were doctors reluctant to give you opioid pain medication while you were hospitalized?

10. Were you ever refused opioid pain medication while hospitalized?

11. If you were given non-opioid pain medication or therapy in a hospital, were they effective in relieving your pain?

12. Overall, do you feel hospital staff are adequately trained in pain management?

13. Should patients be asked about their pain care in hospital satisfaction surveys?

14. What else would you like to say about your pain management and treatment in hospitals?

15. If you would like to receive the results of this survey and subscribe to PNN’s newsletter, leave an email address. We respect your privacy and do not share email addresses or personal information with third parties.



One Response

  1. Question number 3 is a very stupid question because pain is a primary symptom in the reason why people go to the ER. People don’t usually go to the ER if they feel good. If they have chest pain they could be having a heart attack. If they break a limb, it’s the pain that brings them in. Every time I have gone to the ER it has been because of the pain I was having and the 2 examples I gave just happen to be mine.

    This whole survey is a serious load of crap and just another reason to continue discriminating against people who not only suffer from pain every minute of every day, but also those unfortunate people with addictions. Hospitals and other medical facilities should not base their treatment of any particular patient on anything but helping that person recover or maintain a quality of life. I really don’t believe that it’s the doctors and nurses who are at fault for the discrimination against people in pain. I believe that haspital administrators and politicians are forcing the front line medical staff into beliefs that they might not have ever had.

    Next, until the government lawmakers and enforcement reconizes addiction as an illness and not a crime thier attacks against not only those with addictions but also the pain community will only get worse. The problem isn’t that the public is against the pain community, it’s that government doesn’t care to listen to public opinion. It’s hard to present a case when all opposing testimony is disregard. This has been a one sided fight from the beginning and unfortunately it’s not our side. It truly amazes me on how ignorant people can be in such high positions in government and continue to get away with what they do.

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