Monday, December 6, 2010

"Allow Natural Death"???

I want to alert readers of a fantastic debate that just started at the New York Times New Old Age Blog about changing the term "Do Not Resuscitate" to "Allow Natural Death", or changing DNR to AND.  Please post comments there!  NYT blogger Paula Span interviewed GeriPal co-founder Eric Widera for this piece.  This is the second time Eric's been in the NYT in the last 2 months, go Eric!  Christian Sinclair of Pallimed was also interviewed.  We had a terrific debate about this issue in response to an early post by Patrice Villars (see here).

Most people who comment are in favor of "AND."  And what does that mean, anyway?

by: Alex Smith

5 comments:

Gowshika said...

What an exciting experience!/Hilarious! Delightful! True!/wonderful stuff! thank you!

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hospice services said...

In my opinion, this has helped create conditions that will allow for a comfortable and peaceful natural death.

jonwilson said...

If it means wider life insurance coverage, I'm all for it. The topic is a bit confusing, though. Is this just semantics or something else?

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Jonah said...

It all depends on the family's view of the patient's condition.

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Chris said...

I agree with Jonah, the family of the patients should have the final decision.

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