The views of elderly patients and their relatives on cardiopulmonary resuscitation

J R Coll Physicians Lond. May-Jun 1994;28(3):228-9.

Abstract

Little was previously known of the factors that may influence patients and relatives when asked to make decisions on cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Attitudes towards resuscitation in general appear to influence the wishes of elderly patients and their relatives for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Knowledge of the procedure involved in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and its success rate and the patients' sex and health status do not influence their wishes.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation / psychology*
  • Comprehension
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patients / psychology*