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Do Not Resuscitate orders

Sanjib Das Adhikary, R Raviraj

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2006.039


The Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order is still not documented legal practice in India. It is a verbal communication between the clinician and the patient’s relative or caregiver. The autonomy of the patient also remains a weak concept. Even the right to live a dignified life or die a dignified death has not been extensively discussed. The law is silent or ambiguous on most issues related to end-of-life care. The financial status of the patient appears to be the deciding factor. In most cases health-care expenses are entirely borne either by the patient or by the patient’s relative.

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