Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)

Without a conversation about a person’s preferences for medical interventions, and a way to document them, patients can end up on a runaway medical train, undergoing ineffective, unwanted, painful, and expensive treatmnohealthents while their psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs are poorly addressed.┬áTo help patients have their say if they are unable to speak, CHCF has supported the use of Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST). POLST is a standardized medical order form that indicates the specific types of life-sustaining treatment a seriously ill patient does or does not want according to a report at California Healthcare Foundation.