Understanding POLST - Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment

Author: Jeffrey A. Gudin

POLST—Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment--is a type of advanced directive that provides more detail and specificity than a DNR. Dr Gudin discusses the economic and societal issues of end of life care, and why the POLST program can be of value in promoting accurate communications between clinicians, patients and families regarding end of life preferences.


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