Oregon has served as The Founding POLST Program since the early 1990s, creating what is now called Oregon POLST: Portable Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment®.
What is a POLST?
It is a medical form that you may use to turn your wishes for treatment near the end of life into medical orders.
Who should have a POLST?
It is for a person with a serious progressive illness, such as advanced heart disease, advanced lung disease or cancer that has spread. It is also for someone who is older and frail and might not want all available medical treatments.
A POLST is never required.
Watch this simple 4-minute video to understand these medical orders.
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Oregon POLST Guidebook for Health Care Professionals
Downloadable copy (version 2020.11)
POLST: Guidelines on POLST Use for Persons with Significant Disabilities who are Now Near the End of Life
Downloadable copy (version 08.03.2020)
Office of Developmental Disabilities Services' Fact Sheet on POLST Use
Downloadable copy (version 08.20.2020)
Oregon Medical Board Report: Appropriate Use of POLST
Downloadable copy (Winter 2020)
Family Members Should Not Be Required to Sign a POLST for Their Loved One - A Story
POLST: When is the Right Time? - A Video
This 3-minute video shows the changes in Betty’s life. When she is healthy, she completes an advance directive. Later as she becomes seriously ill, she completes a POLST with her doctor.
Choosing Full Treatment when You Hope for More Time - A Story
Cómo Comprender el POLST - Un Video
This Spanish version of the “Understanding POLST” video provides a clear, detailed overview of the Oregon POLST form without medical language.
September 2021 Newsletter
Topics include: Revolutionary Changes to The Oregon POLST Program’s Website – JAGS Publishes Systematic Review by Dr. Varnes and colleagues – Social Determinants of Health Associated with POLST Completion by Dr. Gievers and colleagues in The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine – September Oregon POLST Webinar POLST: Becoming More Inclusive of our NP and PA Colleagues presented by Susan Tolle, MD
August 2021 Newsletter
Topics include: Oregon POLST in The Journal of Palliative Medicine – Announcement to register for the Sept. 1st webinar, POLST: Becoming More Inclusive of our NP and PA Colleagues with Drs. Susan Tolle and Betty Ferrell – The recording of the July webinar on New Innovations: Oregon POLST Registry Expands Access and Informs Quality – New Changes to Washington State’s POLST Form – Hard-stop in ePOLST on Section C: Documenting Who Participated in a Patient’s POLST Discussion
April 2021 Newsletter
Topics include: A newly published editorial in The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society: “Aligning POLST Orders with Wishes: Time to Put Evidence into Practice” by Dr. Susan Tolle and related video – the just released 2020 Oregon POLST Registry (OPR) Annual Report
March 2021 Newsletter
Topics include: New York Times ‘Wrongful Life’ article – LGBTQ+ Patient Story – Recorded webinar on POLST & COVID-19 – Oregon’s Declining Trend in ‘Yes’ to CPR – Improved OPR Quality Reports
Dec 2020 Newsletter
Topics include: Clarifying ‘CPR/Limited Treatment’ – Most POLST Forms are Completed during Outpatient Care – “Yes” to CPR is Rising Again – National POLST Paradigm Policy of Not Incentivizing the Completion of POLST Forms – New Care Conversations Video
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