DNR family speak after landmark judgement
17 June 2014 Last updated at 20:43 BST
Doctors now have a legal duty to consult with and inform patients if they want to place a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order on medical notes, the Court of Appeal in England ruled.
The issue was raised by a landmark judgement that found doctors at Addenbrooke's Hospital, in Cambridge, had acted unlawfully.
Janet Tracey, who had terminal lung cancer, died there three years ago.
Jon Brain reports.