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Increasing use of DNR orders in the elderly worldwide: whose choice is it?
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    To discuss or not to discuss CPR? That is the question

    Dear Editor

    I read with interst the article by Cherniack [1] in October's issue. He questions whether or not more elderly people die with a DNR order beccause they are actually choosing to do so, and reviews evidence of doctors and patients knowledge and attitudes towards CPR decision making.

    It is all very well talking about whether a patient would want to be resuscitated and Cherniack feels more studies...

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    DNA orders
    • Andrew D Lawson, Consultant in Anaesthesia & Pain Management, Clinical fellow in Medical Ethics

    Dear Editor

    I read Dr Cherniack's article regarding DNR orders with interest.[1] One of the problems with DNR orders is the patients’ assumption that if there is no DNR order they will survive resuscitative efforts. This of course is far from the truth. In my hospital these have been modified to "do not attempt to resuscitate orders". One cannot be truly autonomous without being informed. Long term survival, as measu...

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