Caregivers influence patients' DNR decisions, study finds

06/4/2013 |

Seriously ill cancer patients who prefer end-of-life comfort care and believe their caregivers do, too, are more likely to have a do-not-resuscitate order, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers reported at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual meeting. Researcher Kalen Michele Fletcher said physicians should talk with patients and families about end-of-life care "so that patients feel like their goals for comfort care are supported by their family caregivers."

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