"Advance care planning and the POLST program— developed in Oregon in an effort to ensure that patients' preferences were honored in a range of settings, including care by emergency medical services personnel— provide structured processes to help professionals and decision makers establish goals, document preferences, and create care plans."

— S.M. Wolf, N. Berlinger, and B. Jennings, "Forty Years of Work on End-of-Life Care- From Patients' Rights to Systemic Reform"

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OHSU Family Medicine Grand Rounds: POLST: What's New and How Can We Do Better

Drs. Jen DeVoe and Susan Tolle discuss POLST, who the POLST form is intended for, best practices, and review of some common misconceptions.

“Understanding POLST” can be used to help patients understand the purpose of POLST. It also provides a detailed overview of Section A (CPR) and Section B (Medical Interventions) of the 2019 Oregon POLST form.

The following links provide general information about POLST and about POLST use in specific circumstances.