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"Allow natural death" is not equivalent to " do not resuscitate": a response.

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Journal of medical ethics

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      Venneman and colleagues argue that "do not resuscitate" (DNR) is problematic and should be replaced by "allow natural death" (AND). Their argument is flawed. First, while end-of-life discussions should be as positive as possible, they cannot and should not sidestep painful but necessary confrontations with morality. Second, while DNR can indeed be nonspecific and confusing, AND merely replaces one problematic term with another. Finally, the study's results are not generalisable to the populations of physicians and working nurses and certainly do not support the authors' claim that there is a movement to replace DNR with AND.

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      [1 ] Department of Bioethics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA. yxc96@case.edu
      Journal
      J Med Ethics
      Journal of medical ethics
      1473-4257
      0306-6800
      Dec 2008
      : 34
      : 12
      19065754

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