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September 30, 2021

Oregon POLST® Program News
Revolutionary Changes to
The Oregon POLST Program's Website
The Oregon POLST Program is excited to announce the launch of its new website that just went live this week. Highlights include:

  • Improved navigation to help guide visitors more quickly to the info they need
  • FAQs specifically tailored to Health Care Professionals or Patients & Family
  • A platform with a bold crisper look for a better user's experience.

Let us know what you think of this expansive redesign of our site.
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JAGS Publishes Systematic Review
Dr. Varnes and colleague conducted a systematic review of research published regarding concordance between POLST use and treatment received.

Their article entitled The influence of POLST on treatment intensity at the end of life: A systematic review was published online in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The authors found moderate strength of evidence that treatment limitation on POLST may reduce treatment intensity in POLST appropriate patients.
Social Determinants of Health
Associated with POLST Completion
Dr. Gievers and colleagues utilized Oregon POLST Registry data and American Community Survey data from 2013 to 2017 in an article entitled Social Determinants of Health May Predict End of Life Portable Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment Selections in the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Data were merged by ZIP codes and analyzed 127,588 POLST forms from 319 zip codes. The authors found an association between POLST form completion rates and order selections and urbanization, insurance status, income level and educational attainment.
Watch the September Oregon POLST Webinar
POLST: Becoming More Inclusive of our NP and PA Colleagues was presented by Susan Tolle, MD on September 1st as a live online event.

You may view the 12-minute recorded presentation here.
The Oregon POLST Program wishes you and those you serve to remain
well & safe during these challenging times.

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Executive Director, Oregon POLST Program
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