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Oregon POLST: Portable Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment® 

Oregon has served as The Founding POLST Program since the early 1990s, leading the way for greater POLST implementation.

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 can never be required by a health care professional, care facility or health system.

Understanding POLST

Watch this simple 4-minute video to understand these medical orders.

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Guidance for Health Care Professionals

What Patients and Their Surrogates Need to Know

Policies, Standards & Research

Health Care Professional

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Guidance for Health Care Professionals

Patient, Family Member or Health Surrogate

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What Patients and Their Surrogates Need to Know

Researcher or Policy Analyst

Policies, Standards & Research

Essential Information for Health Care Professionals

Patient Stories & Videos

Oregon POLST Program News

Essential Information for Health Care Professionals

Quick Video Review of Current POLST Form Essentials

Watch this video in under 4 minutes.

Oregon POLST Guidebook for Health Care Professionals

Downloadable copy (2023 POLST form version)

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 05.24.2023)

Patient Stories & Videos

Photo of elderly woman's hand lovingly resting upon her husband's shoulder.

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.

Oregon POLST Program News

January 2024 Newsletter

Topics include: A Message from the Oregon POLST Coalition Chair & Program Medical Director, Dr. Christine Mullowney – Spotlighting Research Papers on POLST Use – Remembering a POLST Champion, Bill Early

November 2023 Newsletter

Topics include: Recognition of Service to Oregon POLST – Bill Hamilton and the Community Insight Committee – Susan Tolle’s new role as Historical Consultant to the Oregon POLST Coalition – 2023 Oregon Medical Association’s Presidential Citation Award to Dr. Susan Tolle

August 2023 News Alert

Announcing Dr. Susan Tolle’s planned retirement at the end of the year.

July 2023 News Alert

Announcing our new video tailored for any health care professional involved in POLST completion. Learn about changes in the 2023 form.

June 2023 Newsletter

Topics include: July Deadline for Section C is quickly approaching – Oregon POLST Registry’s 2022 Annual Report – Call to Action to help disseminate the first 9 translated versions of the POLST factsheet for patients –  Upcoming educational video for health care professionals

February 2023 Newsletter

Topics include: Oregon’s 14th version of the POLST form available now – Oregon Medical Board spotlights additional protections in Oregon’s 2023 POLST – “Sample” version of the Oregon POLST as a new educational tool – Oregon DHS Alerts on POLST use for LTC facilities and group homes – Two Chinese versions of POLST factsheet – Christine Mullowney, MD as New Chair of Oregon’s POLST Coalition

Give to Oregon POLST

The Oregon POLST Program does not accept gifts from health care industry sources.

Your gift protects your independent voice.

Contact Us

Name
Email(Required)
Please let us know if you have a question or concern.

Quick Video Review of Current POLST Form Essentials

Watch this video in under 4 minutes.

Oregon POLST Guidebook for Health Care Professionals

Downloadable copy (2023 POLST form version)

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 05.24.2023)

Photo of elderly woman's hand lovingly resting upon her husband's shoulder.

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.

January 2024 Newsletter

Topics include: A Message from the Oregon POLST Coalition Chair & Program Medical Director, Dr. Christine Mullowney – Spotlighting Research Papers on POLST Use – Remembering a POLST Champion, Bill Early

November 2023 Newsletter

Topics include: Recognition of Service to Oregon POLST – Bill Hamilton and the Community Insight Committee – Susan Tolle’s new role as Historical Consultant to the Oregon POLST Coalition – 2023 Oregon Medical Association’s Presidential Citation Award to Dr. Susan Tolle

August 2023 News Alert

Announcing Dr. Susan Tolle’s planned retirement at the end of the year.

July 2023 News Alert

Announcing our new video tailored for any health care professional involved in POLST completion. Learn about changes in the 2023 form.

June 2023 Newsletter

Topics include: July Deadline for Section C is quickly approaching – Oregon POLST Registry’s 2022 Annual Report – Call to Action to help disseminate the first 9 translated versions of the POLST factsheet for patients –  Upcoming educational video for health care professionals

February 2023 Newsletter

Topics include: Oregon’s 14th version of the POLST form available now – Oregon Medical Board spotlights additional protections in Oregon’s 2023 POLST – “Sample” version of the Oregon POLST as a new educational tool – Oregon DHS Alerts on POLST use for LTC facilities and group homes – Two Chinese versions of POLST factsheet – Christine Mullowney, MD as New Chair of Oregon’s POLST Coalition

Give to Oregon POLST

The Oregon POLST Program does not accept gifts from health care industry sources.

Your gift protects your independent voice.

Contact Us

Name
Email(Required)
Please let us know if you have a question or concern.