• Before assuming there is any drug seeking, was there adequate determination if there is not a reason for overt, acute pain?
• If there has been any recent (within the last three months) surgical procedure, has the surgical report been reviewed for complications?
• What post-operative instructions (written and oral) was the patient given?
• Did the patient follow post-operative instructions?
• Was the patient and/or family provided information on what to expect post-op?
• If the current symptoms are outside of those expected, what are the reasons, and what testings were completed to rule out complications?
The beginning of quality care is listening to the patient. If lab tests are needed to rule out problems, they should be run before drawing any conclusions.
The rule of thumb is simple: Treat the patient with the same respect and attention you would wish for yourself.
Copyright©2012, Rory Fleming Richardson, Ph.D.