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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 38 (1996) 3, 205 - 215

New research

Resuscitation policy in a psychiatric hospital

P.L.J. Dautzenberg, E.C.J. Delescen, K.T.M. Dermout, S.A. Duursma, C. Hooyer

The resuscitation decisions of 100 successively admitted patients on a psychogeriatric ward of a psychiatric hospital were studied. Within six weeks after admission, a do not resuscitate (DNR) order was made in four patients. When compared to the DNR decisions on a geriatric ward for somatic patients in a general hospital, where 58% DNR orders were made, a variation in DNR decisions in The Netherlands seems evident. This variation in DNR orders is comparable to an international variation of 3-85%. A difference in age and co-morbidity of the patients can only partially explain this difference.