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Stroke patients with “do not resuscitate” orders are treated worse than those without

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 20 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:926
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Stroke patients with “do not resuscitate” orders on their medical notes are almost seven times more likely to die in the first 30 days after their stroke than stroke patients without such orders, an English study concludes.

    The high mortality may be linked to a rationing of patients' access to stroke units, says the report, published online ahead of print on 7 October in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care (, doi: 10.1093/intqhc/mzi081).

    “This study does provide some evidence that the high mortality of DNR [do not resuscitate] stroke patients is in part contributed to by where they …

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