POLST registry logical next step to ensure end-of-life wishes are honored

In 2008, California passed a key bill in the state’s history on healthcare decisions and life-sustaining treatment. Assembly Bill 3000 established Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) into law and gave patients a voice in deciding whether or not they want life-sustaining treatments when they are seriously-ill or approaching the end of life. Now, […]

Briefing: Exploring the need for a POLST registry in California

Join the California HealthCare Foundation, the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, and others, to explore the potential benefits of creating an online POLST registry, share results from Oregon’s successful POLST registry implementation, and discuss findings of a recent assessment that identified factors related to establishing a POLST registry in California. Wednesday, December 3, 2014 […]

Palliative Care & EOL Headlines, November 7, 2014

New ethnographic study released: Listening deeply to what patients have to say about the end of life New research published by the California HealthCare Foundation—in collaboration with Point Forward and the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California—illustrates how culture frames end-of-life choices for patients and families. Learn more and download. Briefing: Exploring the need for a […]

2014 POLST: Key talking points for healthcare providers

By the POLST Physician Leadership Council The POLST Physician Leadership Council is a group of California physicians representing multiple specialties who collaborate on POLST education and tools for healthcare professionals, patients, their families and others. The new POLST form goes into effect on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Here is everything a healthcare provider needs to […]

POLST in 2014: What healthcare professionals need to know

The new California POLST goes into effect on October 1, 2014, and healthcare professionals must take note of key changes to the form. POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) is a physician order signed by both a doctor and patient that specifies the types of medical treatment a patient wishes to receive toward the end […]

Study shows end-of-life wishes are respected through POLST

By Judy Citko Thomas, J.D. | @JudyThomasJD Chair, National POLST Paradigm Task Force Executive Director, Coalition for Compassionate Care of California A new study published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society shows that participating in the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) program can effectively influence the care patients receive at the end of […]

Patients’ End-of-Life Wishes Granted, Study Finds (Wall Street Journal)

Filling Out Special Form Results in Desired Treatment in Final Days, According to Research on Oregon Deaths By Laura Landro, Wall Street Journal Read the full story at WSJ.com. Patients who document their end-of-life wishes using a special medical form get the specific care they want in their final days, according to a study published online in the […]