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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 58

of 'Palliative care: Medically futile and potentially inappropriate therapies of questionable benefit'

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The do-not-resuscitate order in a teaching hospital: considerations and a suggested policy.
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Miles SH, Cranford R, Schultz AL
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Ann Intern Med. 1982 May;96(5):660-4.
 
We present a policy for implementing the do-not resuscitate orders by medical residents in a teaching hospital, and discuss decision making, legal and ethical considerations, the primary physician's responsibility, and record documentation. THe establishment of a policy and procedure for implementing do-not-resuscitate orders resulted in greater consideration of patient and family rights and improved communication and sensitivity in dealing with those concerned with the patient's medical care and welfare.
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