I just ran into a journal title that used the term "Allow Natural Death" in reference to a DNR.
I've experienced a lot of resistance to patients and particularly their families to declare a DNR. I was wondering if we started using the term Allow Natural Death instead of Do No Resuscitate if we would get more people on board with it at the end of life or when there is no more hope.
I know it's just a matter of the way they are worded, but words can have a powerful effect. To many families Do No Resuscitate sounds like we're just going to stand around doing nothing when we could try, where Allow Natural Death makes it sound like a more normal event and something that's acceptable, especially to families with an elderly family member.