1995:  Oregon POLST Release

Guided by evaluation findings, the Task Force released a slightly revised version of the POLST form for use throughout Oregon. The Task Force used data from research and employed a continuous quality improvement method to actively elicit feedback from clinicians and patients and families using the form. For example, a prospective one-year study of POLST form use in eight nursing homes demonstrated effectiveness; no resident with orders for Comfort Measures Only and DNR received CPR, ventilator support or ICU care (see annotation of Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 1998;46, (9), 1097-1102).

                                                                               1995 version showing the front and back of the Oregon POLST form (click on form to enlarge).                                                                                                                                          

                                                                               1995 version showing the front and back of the Oregon POLST form (click on form to enlarge).