Oregon's Lessons for Improving Advance Care Planning

Published in: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, v. 52, no. 9, Sep. 2004, p. 1574-1575

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2004

by Karl Lorenz, Joanne Lynn

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Discusses Oregon's Physicians orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form. Developing and implementing the POLST was part of a statewide effort in Oregon to honor patient decisions near the end of life. Public education and improved medical training are needed to facilitate effective communications; promote timely communication and trust between residents, clinicians, and families; support family members and family care-giving; and ensure appropriate decision-making as part of quality healthcare at the end of life.

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