Oregon POLST Program

November 28, 2018

Oregon POLST Program News
Recent Publication
Study looks at changes over time in the Oregon POLST Registry
A new study in the Journal of Palliative Medicine compared POLST use, the timing of POLST completion, and treatment orders in two Oregon POLST Registry decedent cohorts. The findings indicate that the "surprise question" may not be appropriate for patients with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s who often complete POLST forms earlier in their disease than during their final year of life. (J Palliat Med. 2018 Nov 28,
In Case You Missed It: New 2019 POLST Form  
The 2019 Oregon POLST Form (version 13) will be effective on January 2, 2019. The Oregon POLST Coalition asks that all health systems implement the use of the 2019 form by April 8, 2019. Like all previous versions, the 2019 form is a result of changes and updates suggested by POLST stakeholders, quality data from the Oregon POLST Registry, and published research. The summary of the changes can be found here and in the Oregon POLST Professional Resource Library.

The 2019 form will be available to order online on December 21, 2018, and entities interested in printing their own forms should contact the Oregon POLST Program at
Upcoming Event
December 7, 2018: All-City Palliative Care. Sarah Goodlin, M.D., will present "Ethical Issues in Care for People with Heart Failure" at the Portland VA Medical Center. Click here to view the event.
Valerie M. Jimenez
Executive Director, Oregon POLST Program
3181 SW Sam Jackson Pk Rd, UHN-86
Portland, OR 97239

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