Implications of the use of DNR orders for the elderly

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Abstract

While the use of do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders has been increasing worldwide, including the elderly, the are many unresolved issues pertaining to its use. There are wide variations in its use among patients, with the elderly more frequently receiving such orders, even after correcting for greater morbidity. In addition, it is still uncertain what effect the use of the DNR has on the cost and quality of care. It is possible that certain populations of elderly are receiving inadequate end-oflife care. Copyright Internet Scientific Publications LLC, 1996 to 2007.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternet Journal of Law, Healthcare and Ethics
Volume1
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003

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Keywords

  • DNR
  • Do not resuscitate order
  • Elderly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects

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