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Designed to improve the quality of care people receive at the end-of-life, the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Paradigm is based on effective communication of patient wishes, documentation of medical orders on a brightly colored form and promise by a health care professional to honor these wishes.


OHSU Implements Registry Feature                                     End-of-life care wishes can be overlooked if forms can't be  found in a crisis

"OHSU has taken a new step in making sure that end-of-life care wishes for OHSU patients are honored, creating a new feature where health profession­als can electronic­ally find any Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, or POLST, form in the Oregon POLST registry, regardless of where it was created." (OHSU News, 6/14) Click here to read the press release and view the patient's story on the Oregon POLST YouTube channel at https://yo­utu.be/6Bb­LKe7LIxU.         

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POLST Video in Spanish Now Available: Quitarles a sus seres queridos un peso de encima con el formulario POLST

"Taking a burden off your loved ones with the POLST Form" is an educational tool for Spanish speaking patients. After being diagnosed with cancer, Gladys shares her experience with using the Physician's Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) to choose some treatments and refuse others.


Recent Publications

The Oncology Specialist’s Role in POLST Form Completion (http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1049909117702873?journalCode=ajhb&)

Lessons from Oregon in Embracing Complexity in End-of-Life Care                                                                                                           "People with serious illness or frailty in Oregon are more likely to have their end-of-life care wishes honored, and, consequently, less likely to be hospitalized and more likely to use home hospice services compared with Washington state and the rest of the country, according to data published (http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMsb1612511) in the New England Journal of Medicine." (OHSU News, 3/15, https://news.ohsu.edu/2017/03/15/care-received-at-end-of-life-varies-drastically-by-state


For Health Care Professionals: POLST: Doing It Better             For Patients and Families: Understanding POLST


 
Pictured left to right:  Margaret Carley, JD, Patrick Dunn, MD, Susan Tolle, MD, Terri Schmidt, MD

Pictured left to right:  Margaret Carley, JD, Patrick Dunn, MD, Susan Tolle, MD, Terri Schmidt, MD