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by Naomi Karp - AARP Public Policy Institute, Charles Sabatino - American Bar Association, Public Policy Institute, April 2011
En español | Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) is a promising program to elicit and honor the treatment goals of people with advanced progressive illness or frailty. Research shows that POLST effectively communicates patient treatment choices, whatever they may be, without sacrificing comfort care. This report documents the evolution of POLST in 12 states and highlights lessons learned for states developing and implementing new programs.
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