Surrogates take longer to decide on DNR orders, study finds

07/11/2011 | Wall Street Journal, The

The process of signing do-not-resuscitate orders during end-of-life care takes significantly longer when designated surrogates make decisions as opposed to the patients themselves, according to a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Surrogates can be burdened by not knowing the patient's exact wishes, the study's lead author said.

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