Survey of United States Army Physician Opinion: The Issue of Written 'Do Not Resuscitate' Orders
Master's thesis Jul 1983-1984
ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES (ARMY) FORT SAM HOUSTON TX HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION
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As of mid-1983, the US Army medical community prohibited the use of written orders such as Do Not Resuscitate DNR or No Code in patient medical records. At the same time policy statements addressing DNR were in fairly widespread use in the civilian health care system. This study surveyed US Army physicians who have made or were likely to make DNR decisions in an attempt to determine whether or not they felt a written policy authorizing the charting of DNR orders was needed. Results indicated that more than 75 of all physicians surveyed believed that the Health Services Command should formulate a policy which allows DNR orders to be written in the charts of terminally ill patients. A suggested policy was presented. Keywords Health care, Physicians orders Medical services.
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