With Terminal Illness, MDs Want "No Code" for Themselves

the MPR take:

A presentation at the recent American Geriatrics Society annual meeting revealed that high percentage of doctors surveyed would choose a do not resuscitate status if they themselves were terminally ill. In a survey of nearly 1,100 physicians completing their clinical training at two Stanford University-affiliated medical centers, 88.3% said that they would choose a “no code” status if they had a terminal illness. Orthopedists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, and surgeons were more likely to respond with the do not resuscitate status, compared to emergency physicians, obstetrician-gynecologists, pediatricians, and physical science and rehab doctors. While doctors may promote certain advance directives to their own terminally ill patients, they themselves have other philosophies for their own lives.

With Terminal Illness, MDs Want "No Code" for Themselves
With Terminal Illness, MDs Want "No Code" for Themselves

Among other kinds of doctors, or the public, this number might be more surprising. Periyakoil, a geriatrics and palliative care specialist at Stanford University, was talking about her survey of nearly 1,100 physicians who were completing clinical training at two university-affiliated medical centers.


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