Do-not-resuscitate orders, quality of care, and outcomes in veterans with acute ischemic stroke

Neurology: 10/24/12

Objective: There is concern that do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders may lead to stroke patients receiving less aggressive treatment and poorer care. Our objectives were to assess the relationship between DNR orders and quality of stroke care among veterans.

Methods: A cohort of 3,965 acute ischemic stroke patients admitted to 131 Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities in fiscal year 2007 underwent chart abstraction. DNR codes were identified through electronic orders or by documentation of “no code,” “no cardiopulmonary resuscitation,” or “no resuscitation.” Quality of care was measured using 14 inpatient ischemic stroke quality indicators. The association between DNR orders and quality indicators was examined using multivariable logistic regression. Read more