Early Do-Not-Resuscitate Directives Decrease Invasive Procedures and Health Care Expenses During the Final Hospitalization of Life of COPD Patients.

Affiliation

Institute of Health Policy and Management, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Nearly 70% of do-not-resuscitate (DNR) directives for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients are established during their terminal hospitalization. Whether patient use of end-of-life resources differs between early and late establishment of a DNR is unknown.

Keywords

COPD,do-not-resuscitate (DNR),end-of-life care,medical expenses,medical resource use,

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