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Do Not Resuscitate - whose choice is it?

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This article expresses concerns with regard to resuscitation and decisions to withhold or withdraw drugs (and nutrition) from people with disability. One factor leading to this situation is that health care workers vary widely in their ability to distinguish between disability and illness. Another factor is that health workers are very subjective when assessing a person's quality of life. Noble argues that policy guidelines are not enough and that more needs to be done to change attitudes towards people with disability if the current policies are to benefit rather than endanger people with disabilities. Keywords: Ethics, Attitudes

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Author
Noble, N
Source
Community Living News Vol.16,No.2
Publisher
BC Assn for Community Living
Publication Date
1 October 1998
Category
Professionals
Keywords
Ethics, Attitudes
Origin
Canada

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