In order to ensure our work is evidence based, we keep up-to-date with current policy and research. Alongside this we conduct our own research and information-gathering. Our Policy Manifesto sets out the challenges we have identified to enabling greater patient choice at the end of life, and what we envisage as the way forward.
This factsheet explains what cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is, CPR success rates, how to refuse CPR, what a Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR) form is, how to get a DNAR form, and how a DNAR differs from an Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment.
A report which examines whether patients had record, or made known, their wishes recorded and if this impacted on whether they died well or badly.
This is a secondary analysis of interviews with patients about their experiences of living with terminal illness, with a view to understanding how they approach decision making at the end of life.
Through our information and outreach services we have supported over 25,000 people to make decisions about their treatment and plan their care. This report shares some of our learning.
In 2011, Compassion in Dying conducted a poll with YouGov on knowledge of end of life rights and choices. This poll found that 60% would want comfort care only if they were dying with no prospect of recovery in the last days and weeks of life, however only 3% had an Advance Decision which could state this. 53% wrongly believed that they had a legal right to make these kinds of decisions on behalf of their next of kin.
A poll commissioned by Compassion in Dying examining how people want to be treated at the end of life, and looking at people’s knowledge of their end-of-life rights and choices.
This report reveals that Ambulance Trusts across the UK vary significantly in their policies and practices regarding advance care planning documentation.
A YouGov poll, commissioned by Compassion in Dying, has found that 82% of people would want to be in control of life-prolonging medical treatments should they lose mental capacity. Only 7% would rather these decisions be made by a medical professional. However, the poll also revealed that only 4% of people have an Advance Decision or have appointed a Lasting Power of Attorney for health and welfare to ensure their medical treatment preferences can be respected.