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Designed to improve the quality of care people receive at the end-of-life, the Oregon Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Program 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.

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New POLST Video Now Available

"POLST: When is the Right Time?" This 3-minute video illustrates changes in Betty's life, showing completing an advance directive when healthy and a POLST when she becomes seriously ill. All POLST videos are available our Resource Library pages and on the Oregon POLST YouTube Channel.  


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


Program Update

The Oregon POLST Coalition has withdrawn from the National POLST Paradigm to reaffirm values avoiding conflicts of interest. Read the full statement here.

Click here to learn about the history of 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