The Case of Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Orders and the Intellectually Disabled Patient

Leever, Martin; Richter, Kenneth; Nelson, Peg; Allman, Christopher; Wyeth, Duncan
June 2012
HEC Forum;Jun2012, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p83
Academic Journal
In the case of an intellectually disabled patient, the attending physician was restricted from writing a Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) order. Although the rationale for this restriction was to protect the patient from an inappropriate quality of life judgment, it resulted in a worse death than the patient would have experienced had he not been disabled. Such restrictions that are intended to protect intellectually disabled patients may violate their right to equal treatment and to a dignified death.


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