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Two decades of British newspaper coverage regarding do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation decisions: Lessons for clinicians.
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PMID:  25449344     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: To review UK newspaper reports relating to Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions to identify common themes and encourage dialogue.
METHODS: An online media database (LexisNexis(®)) was searched for UK Newspaper articles between 1993 and 2013 that referenced DNACPR decisions. Legal cases, concerning resuscitation decisions, were identified using two case law databases (Lexis Law(®) and Westlaw(®)), and referenced back to newspaper publications. All articles were fully reviewed.
RESULTS: Three hundred and thirty one articles were identified, resulting from 77 identifiable incidents. The periods 2000-01 and 2011-13 encompassed the majority of articles. There were 16 high-profile legal cases, nine of which resulted in newspaper articles. Approximately 35 percent of newspaper reports referred to DNACPR decisions apparently made without adequate patient and/or family consultation. "Ageism" was referred to in 9 percent of articles (mostly printed 2000-02); and "discrimination against the disabled" in 8 percent (mostly from 2010-12). Only five newspaper articles (2 percent) discussed patients receiving CPR against their wishes. Eighteen newspaper reports (5 percent) associated DNACPR decisions with active euthanasia.
CONCLUSIONS: Regarding DNACPR decision-making, the predominant theme was perceived lack of patient involvement, and, more recently, lack of surrogate involvement. Negative language is common, and especially when decisions were presumed unilateral. Increased dialogue, and shared decision-making, is recommended.
Martin Beed; Thearina de Beer; Peter G Brindley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-10-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Resuscitation     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-1570     ISO Abbreviation:  Resuscitation     Publication Date:  2014 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-12-2     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  2014-12-3    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0332173     Medline TA:  Resuscitation     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
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