Do Not Attempt Resuscitation

Keywords: Do not resuscitate, DNR, DNAR, Do not attempt resuscitation, End of life care, Palliative medicine, Health humanities, Medical humanities, Poetry in medicine


DNAR stands for 'Do Not Attempt Resuscitation' which indicates that a person does not want to receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation or advanced medical care at the end of life when, in the specific case, the patient believes it may do more harm than good. I wrote this poem after one of my shifts in intensive care. Indian patients have the 'right to die with dignity' - consensus guidelines were announced by ICMR in May, 2020. This is a historic milestone in the field of palliative medicine and end of life care.


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Mathur R. ICMR Consensus Guidelines on ‘Do Not Attempt Resuscitation’. Indian J Med Res. 2020;151:303-10. Available from http://www.ijmr.org.in/text.asp?2020/151/4/303/284215

How to Cite
Kakkar, K. (2020). DNAR. Research & Humanities in Medical Education, 7, 125. Retrieved from https://www.rhime.in/ojs/index.php/rhime/article/view/344
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