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Letters Emergency care and resuscitation plans

ReSPECT is a personal emergency care plan summary

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 09 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2213
  1. Zoe Fritz, member,
  2. David Pitcher, co-chair,
  3. Claud Regnard, member,
  4. Juliet Spiller, co-chair,
  5. Madeleine Wang, patient and carer representative
  1. ReSPECT expert working group, Resuscitation Council (UK), 5th Floor, Tavistock House North, London WC1H 9HR, UK
  1. claudregnard{at}

Advance care plans in the UK vary in style and content, are restricted to specific organisations or localities, and some are many pages long. An effective advance plan to guide immediate decision making in an emergency must be concise, clear, and universally recognised. The recommended summary plan for emergency care and treatment (ReSPECT), which was developed collaboratively by many stakeholders (, aspires …

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