Our new report explores what we’ve learned about DNACPR decisions before and during the Coronavirus pandemic. It comes as the Care Quality Commission publishes its review into the use of DNR decisions over the past year, which we also contributed to.
A new research report reveals mismatch between Clinical Commissioning Group policies and the reality faced by patients. Patients report doctors being ill-equipped to support them to plan ahead for their future care and treatment.
New research reveals that GPs lack sufficient awareness and understanding of Living Wills, with potentially damaging consequences for patients.
In late 2011/early 2012 Compassion in Dying contacted all Ambulance Trusts in the UK with a Freedom of Information request, which asked questions on their Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR) policy, end-of-life care registration systems, out-of-hours care and the use of Advance Decisions (formerly known as living wills).
Prompted by callers to the Information Line – who voiced concerns that paramedics might not have access to their Advance Decision – we contacted all Ambulance Trusts in England and Wales to find out what systems they have in place to record patients’ medical treatment preferences in the event that they lose capacity and whether patient preferences are adhered to.
This report reveals that Ambulance Trusts across the UK vary significantly in their policies and practices regarding advance care planning documentation.