"Of course the question is 'Why is that?'" she said. There may be other "non-spoken" factors, she said.The Courant also stated:
"Do doctors treat them differently? Do they try less hard? I don't think this really answers that question, but it does raise those questions."
"The study further found that patients with DNR orders also suffered a greater percentage of complications due to surgery and required longer hospital stays."Here's a concise definition of DNR by the Courant:
"Do Not Resuscitate is a legal document signed by either a patient or the patient's familiy, stipulating that 'extraordinary means' — such as putting the patient on a respiratory machine — should not be administered should the patient suffer a cardiac or respiratory arrest."Here's a link to the article if you'd like to learn more about it: