2019:  Artificially Administered Nutrition Removed from POLST Form

The artificially administered nutrition section of the POLST form was originally created to promote planning in the context of advancing dementia. In the early 1990s when Oregon created the POLST program, it was thought that placement of a feeding tube extended life for those with advanced dementia; now we know this is not true. (“American Geriatrics Society Feeding Tubes in Advanced Dementia Position Statement”). After careful review of quality data, the Oregon POLST Coalition voted to remove the artificially administered nutrition section from the Oregon POLST form.

On January 2, 2019, Oregon became the first state to remove artificially administered nutrition from its POLST form (J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 Jan 31, https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.15775). Click here to learn more by listening to the GeriPal Podcast, “Time to Remove Feeding Tubes from POLST.”