A Study on the Perception and Attitude of 'Do Not Resuscitate' in Adults

성인의 심폐소생술 금지(DNR)에 대한 인식 및 태도에 대한 조사 연구

  • Received : 2019.04.25
  • Accepted : 2019.06.20
  • Published : 2019.06.28


This is a descriptive study on the perception and attitude toward DNR in adults. Structured questionnaires were used and 210 subjects were studied. In recognition of DNR, DNR was helpful for 'a comfortable dying(64.3%)'. The need for DNR in situation investigated 'For dignified dying (41.3%)' and 'to alleviate patient suffering(23.9%)'. Respondents who do not agree with DNR are shown 'Because legal issues can arise(61.7%)', 'Because human dignity is the life-sustaining priority(16.7%)'. In the attitude toward DNR, the most significant result was 'I want to know if I have an incurable disease (4.21).' There was no difference in attitudes toward DNR among adults. The DNR is not a method of Withdrawing in lifeprolonging treatment, It should be addressed in a comprehensive context in which human beings exercise autonomy over the process of dying and death.


CPR;DNR;Lifeprolonging Treatment;Withdrawing of Lifeprolonging Treatment;Dignity;Death

Table 1. The General Characteristics of Subjects

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Table 2. DNR's help in a comfortable dying

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Table 3. DNR's help in dignified dying

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Table 4. Need of DNR depending on the situation

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Table 5. Why you need DNR?(Multiple responses, n=435)

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Table 6. Why DNR is not needed? (Multiple responses, n=324)

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Table 7. Person in charge of DNR's decision

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Table 8. DNR's decision When the respondent is terminally and irrevocably

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Table 9. Need of education for DNR

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Table 10. Attitudes Related to DNR’s Determination

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Table 11. Age-related attitudes toward DNR

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