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POLST Videos

Understanding POLST

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The Oregon POLST Program’s “Understanding POLST” video provides a clear, detailed overview of the Oregon POLST Program and Form using language that individuals without a health care background can understand. The video explains the purpose of POLST and then describes each section of a POLST form. 


Understanding POLST (Spanish)

The Oregon POLST Program’s “Understanding POLST” video in Spanish provides a clear, detailed overview of the Oregon POLST Program and Form using language that individuals without a health care background can understand. The video explains the purpose of POLST and then describes each section of a POLST form.


Advance Care Planning (ACP) Decisions: POLST Forms

General description of the POLST form for seriously ill patients and their families.


POLST: Doing It Better

This video is an educational tool that describes POLST, clarifies which individuals POLST should be offered to, emphasizes best practices for POLST and corrects some common misconceptions.


POLST: When Advance Directives Are Not Enough

This video tells the story of Max and his family. When Max was confronted with difficult decisions about the care he wanted in the face of his advancing illness, he took comfort in the fact that his wish for a peaceful, natural death was clearly documented in an Advance Directive. Tragically, Max and his loving family discovered that the Advance Directive did not ensure that these wishes would be honored at a time of medical crisis. The video demonstrates the importance of POLST programs in these situations. 


Dr. Susan Tolle explains the POLST Program

In this video, Dr. Susan Tolle, Director of the Center for Ethics in Health Care at Oregon Health & Science University, provides an overview of the Oregon POLST Program and discusses who can benefit from the POLST Program. 


Oregon POLST Brochures

These brochures provide patients and families with a broad, general overview of Oregon’s POLST program.