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Education- ‘do not resuscitate me in Barbados’

Taubert, Mark 2020. Education- ‘do not resuscitate me in Barbados’. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care 10.1136/bmjspcare-2020-002446

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Abstract

New ways of encouraging discussion and education around the topic of do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions in healthcare can prove challenging. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is still portrayed as an intervention that is successful even in people with multiple long-term conditions. In 2020, during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, a letter from a palliative care doctor to his patient was read out as part of an online campaign entitled #ReadALetter, organised by the organisation Letters Live. The letter addresses misconceptions regarding DNACPR decisions and encourages thoughtful dialogue. In particular, it promotes an individualised approach for clinicians, and investigates one patient’s journey: from initially rejecting the concept, to later on fully embracing it as part of his holistic care. A journey that took him to Barbados, amongst other places. This article is made freely available for use in accordance with BMJ's website terms and conditions for the duration of the covid-19 pandemic or until otherwise determined by BMJ. You may use, download and print the article for any lawful, non-commercial purpose (including text and data mining) provided that all copyright notices and trade marks are retained. https://bmj.com/coronavirus/usage

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN: 2045-435X
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Date of Acceptance: 25 May 2020
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2020 13:30
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/132266

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