Oregon POLST Program
Designed to improve the quality of care people receive near the end-of-life, the Oregon POLST® Program is based on effective communication of patient wishes, documentation of portable orders for life-sustaining treatments and promise by a health care professional to honor these wishes.
Core Elements of 2018 Oregon POLST Form Promoted for Broad Use
The currently recommended form from the National POLST office incorporates almost all of the elements of the 2018 Oregon POLST form and adds additional search function features of the Oregon POLST form (2019 version) and includes the use of the word “portable.” We are honored that so many of the form elements that were developed and refined in Oregon are included in the recommended new form being promoted by the National POLST office. However, we do not endorse the current version of the national form, because lessons learned from the Oregon form revision process have not been incorporated.
— Oregon POLST Program & Coalition
October 2019 POLST Newsletter
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2019 Oregon POLST Program Updates
2019 Oregon POLST Form
The 2019 Oregon POLST form became effective on January 2, 2019. The Oregon POLST Coalition has asked that all health systems and organizations implement the use of the 2019 form when completing new POLST forms. Please note that all completed earlier versions of POLST forms remain valid.
The summary of the changes can be found here and in the Oregon POLST Professional Resource Library. The 2019 form is available to order online and entities interested in printing their own forms should contact the Oregon POLST Program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
POLST: When is the Right Time?
"POLST: When is the Right Time?" This 3-minute video illustrates changes in Betty's life by showing the completion of an advance directive when healthy and a POLST when she becomes seriously ill. All POLST videos are available on our Resource Library pages and on the Oregon POLST YouTube Channel.