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Exploring Perceptions of Do Not Resuscitate and Allowing Natural Death Among Physicians and Nurses

Wittmann-Price, Ruth PhD, RN, CNS, CNE; Celia, Linda M. MSN, RN, BC

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e3181fbb79f
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Many patients spend their last days in expensive, painful intensive care units instead of receiving comfortable, palliative care. This study surveyed perceptions of physicians and nurses about using the more holistic “allow natural death” (AND) terminology in end-of-life care as opposed to the current “do not resusciate” (DNR) order.

Department of Nursing, Francis Marion University, Florence, South Carolina (Dr Price); Staff Education and Development, Hahnemann University Hospital, Broad and Vine, Philadelphia (Ms Celia).

Correspondence: Ruth Wittmann-Price, PhD, RN, CNS, CNE, Department of Nursing, Francis Marion University, PO Box 100547, Florence, SC 29501 (rwittmannprice@fmarion.edu).

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