Dr. Fins thinks that the focus on D.N.R. orders is in itself misguided.
“D.N.R. is a game plan for the last 15 minutes of your life,” he said. “By planning for those last 15 minutes, we’re distorting priorities. Instead of talking about futility, we should be discussing what has utility, like pain management, comfort, closure. Recasting the discussion has led to turning irresolvable dilemmas into problems that can be addressed.”