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Letters The death of DNR

Training is needed to dispel confusion around DNAR

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 20 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2021
  1. David Pitcher, honorary secretary1,
  2. Gary Smith, executive committee member1,
  3. Jerry Nolan, chairman1,
  4. Jasmeet Soar, vice chairman1
  1. 1Resuscitation Council (UK), Tavistock House North, London WC1H 9HR
  1. davidpitcher{at}

    If “allow natural death” (AND) is substituted for “do not attempt resuscitation” (DNAR), staff will become even more confused about the difference between end of life care and a DNAR decision.1 DNAR is appropriate for all patients for whom end of life care is the agreed path, but not all patients with a DNAR decision are necessarily at the end …

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