BIHR report: Scared, Angry, Discriminatory, Out of my Control: DNAR Decision-Making in 2020

According to evidence gathered by the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR), the report  Scared, Angry, Discriminatory, Out of my Control: DNAR Decision-Making in 2020 shows a worrying picture around the rights of involvement in care and treatment decisions, including Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR) orders. 

The report’s key findings:

  • 100% of people involved said there needs to be more easily accessible information about human rights.
  • Almost 60% of people involved said they’d received no information about their right to life during Coronavirus.
  • 65% of people involved said that they (or a person they care for/about) had a DNAR order put on your medical file. 21% said they didn’t know.
  • Of those who had seen a DNAR order put in place almost half (47%) were not related to end-of-life care.
  • Less than a third of people (29%) who were involved in DNAR decision-making felt fully listened to, most felt listened to a bit (46%), and 25% felt not listened to.
  • 91% of people involved felt that discrimination was an issue in the DNAR decisions they’d experienced.

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