Insights on end-of-life care decisions, such as do not attempt resuscitation (DNAR), vary between institutions and individual health care professionals. At the era of electronic patient records (EPR), the information of DNAR order may still be recorded in multiple locations making it difficult to find and interpret. A link to a structured web-based questionnaire was sent to all physicians and nurses working in Tampere University Hospital special responsibility area covering a catchment area of 900 000 Finns. Perceptions on DNAR order and documentation was surveyed. In total 934 subjects responded, of which 727 (77%) were nurses and 219 (23%) physicians covering all specialties. We found substantial variation in DNAR order interpretation and documentation among all health care professionals possibly causing information breakdown and compromised end-of-life care.
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