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Compassion in Dying was prompted to conduct this research after receiving frequent reports from people who told us that their GPs have been hesitant, not confident or even unwilling to discuss or record Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment forms (often known as ‘Living Wills’) and Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNAR) orders.

The report sheds light on the varying policies and practices that exist between CCGs and makes recommendations on how improvements could be made to support GPs to respect individuals’ end-of-life wishes in line with national person-centred end-of-life care commitments.