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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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Upcoming Presentations for Health Care Professionals

Thursday, April 19 | Kinsman Bioethics Conference | Location: Ashland, Oregon                                                                                                    2:45pm | POLST in the Face of Uncertain Times              

Monday, April 30 | Webinar                                                                                                                                                                             10:00am | Sharing Recent Oregon POLST Developments   

Thursday, May 17 | Forum on Aging in Rural Oregon | Location: Pendleton, Oregon                                                                                 10:30am | POLST: What’s New and What Can We Do Better?                                                                                                                        1:00pm | Geriatric Traumas, Trauma Transfers & the Role of the POLST System in Trauma

Friday, June 8 | Statewide Palliative Care Conference | Location: Redmond, Oregon                                                                                2:20pm | POLST in Changing Times: New Developments and Challenges for Us All  

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.

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The Oregon POLST Coalition has withdrawn from the National POLST Paradigm to reaffirm values avoiding conflicts of interest.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