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Myth: A DNR is Necessary to Receive Hospice Care

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MYTH: "The doctor said I had to sign a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order for my wife in order for her to get hospice. I just couldn't do that; it seemed so final."

TRUTH: A patient can receive hospice without having signed a DNR. The hospice regulation actually says that hospices cannot discriminate against patients because of any advance directive choices.