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“Allow natural death” versus “do not resuscitate”: three words that can change a life
  1. S S Venneman1,
  2. P Narnor-Harris2,
  3. M Perish3,
  4. M Hamilton4
  1. 1
    University of Houston-Victoria, Departments of Psychology & Biology, Victoria, Texas, USA
  2. 2
    DeTar Hospital, Victoria, Texas, USA
  3. 3
    University of Houston-Victoria, Victoria, Texas, USA
  4. 4
    Victoria College, Victoria, Texas, USA
  1. Dr S Venneman, Departments of Psychology & Biology, University of Houston-Victoria, 3007 N. Ben Wilson, Victoria, Texas 77901, USA; vennemans{at}uhv.edu

Abstract

Physician-written “do not resuscitate” DNR orders elicit negative reactions from stakeholders that may decrease appropriate end-of-life care. The semantic significance of the phrase has led to a proposed replacement of DNR with “allow natural death” (AND). Prior to this investigation, no scientific papers address the impact of such a change. Our results support this proposition due to increased likelihood of endorsement with the term AND.

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  • Competing interests: None declared.

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