Do not resuscitate does not mean do not treat: how palliative care and other modalities can help facilitate communication about goals of care in advanced illness.


Journal Article

A do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order is commonly used for hospitalized patients with advanced illness. It reflects only the desires of a patient once he or she suffers a full cardiopulmonary arrest. It does not reflect preferences about other forms of life-sustaining treatments. This article reviews the definition of a DNR order, describes the evidence suggesting that physicians use a DNR order in making determinations about other life-sustaining treatments, and will provide tools such as the use of palliative care consultations and combined directives in discussing overall goals of care.

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Cited Authors

  • Smith, CB; Bunch O'Neill, L

Published Date

  • October 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 75 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 460 - 465

PubMed ID

  • 18828169

Pubmed Central ID

  • 18828169

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1931-7581

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/msj.20076


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States