"Advance care planning and the POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) Paradigm- developed in Oregon in an effort to ensure that patients' preferences were honored in a range of settings, including care by emergency medical services personnel- provide structured processes to help professionals and decision makers establish goals, document preferences, and create care plans."
S.M. Wolf, N. Berlinger, and B. Jennings, "Forty Years of Work on End-of-Life Care- From Patients' Rights to Systemic Reform"
The following links provide information for health care professionals about using POLST in their practices. The following links provide general information about POLST and about POLST use in specific circumstances (e.g. a POLST signed by an outside health care professional and POLST for patients with disabilities).
- POLST Process and FAQs
- Guidebook for Health Care Professionals
- Hospital Guidelines: Honoring the patient’s wishes when POLST orders are written by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant not on staff at hospital
- POLST Use for Persons with Disabilities
- Fact Sheet: Advance Care Planning as a Billable Medicare Service starting January 1, 2016
- Dr. Susan Tolle explains the POLST Program (Video)