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POLST

Learn more about Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment.

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The Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) program is designed to help patients facing serious illness. It helps providers to better serve you. It makes sure your wishes for end-of-life care are documented.

The goals of POLST:

  • Spark discussion with your doctor and family about your wishes.
  • Make your own decisions about your care.
  • Ensure your wishes are honored.

The POLST form is brightly colored to stand out in a medical file. It typically follows you wherever you go. 

Talk with your doctor

Be open about your goals of care, quality of life and treatment options. Gain peace of mind knowing that you will only get the treatments you want.

It is important to note that several states offer a similar program called Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST). 

Talk with your doctor to learn more about these resources.

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Helpful resources

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The National POLST Program

POLST documents and honors patient medical treatment wishes via portable medical orders.

The MOLST Program

This program improves the quality of care received at the end of life.

Advance care planning

OptumCare offers advance care planning to help you plan for your future care.