DNR by Another Name

The phrase “allow a natural death.” Even though they mean the same thing in this experiment, when the fake doctor framed the option as “do not resuscitate,” 61 percent asked that CPR be performed. But only 49 percent of participants wanted CPR when asked if the staff should “allow a natural death.”

“It sounds kinder and gentler,” Dr. Barnato said. By contrast, DNR suggests withholding or relinquishing, “the feeling of not getting something.” Besides, “we like ‘natural’ things,” she added. More.

 

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About The Rev. Thomas C. Jackson

Ordained to the priesthood in December, 2010.
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