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DNR Orders and Advance Directives: Integrating Medicine, Law, and Ethics


DNR Orders and Advance Directives: Integrating Medicine, Law, and Ethics

University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Lauris Kaldjian
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
National Institute on Aging
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This product is part of the GeriaFlix series at the University of Iowa. GeriaFlix are multidisciplinary presentations on topics in clinical geriatrics. Presented in a streaming digital video format with synchronized slides, each presentation lasts approximately 1 hour. In this presentation, Dr. Kaldjian will explain the background and use of advance directives and "do not resuscitate" orders. He will discuss the limitations and benefits of advance directives, their legal requirements, and the need to emphasize the goal of care in end-of-life planning.

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This product is part of a series of digitized lectures devoted to topics in clinical geriatrics designed to teach important principles in the management of older persons. By using this lecture series, learners will be able to improve their overall knowledge about managing common geriatric syndromes; understand the unique health care needs of older patients, differences in the management of common clinical conditions, and how physiologic changes associated with aging impact management; develop a working knowledge of important legal and ethical issues associated with end-of-life care; and understand and apply principles of the multi-disciplinary geriatric assessment.

At the end of this lecture, learners should be able to:

  1. Understand the purpose of advance directives and DNR orders.
  2. Appreciate the limitations and benefits of advance directives.
  3. Understand the legal requirements that govern advance directives.
  4. Recognize the importance of establishing the goal of care in end-of-life discussions.
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1 hour
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Lauris Kaldjian. DNR Orders and Advance Directives: Integrating Medicine, Law, and Ethics. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2009 Available from: