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Life­-Sustaining Treatment Preferences: Matches And Mismatches Between Patients’ Preferences And Clinicians’ Perceptions

Authors: Lois Downey, David Au, J. Randall Curtis and Ruth A. Engelberg Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, July 2013 Clinicians erred about patients’ wishes when patients did not want treatment End of life discussions have the potential for reducing unwanted treatment, decreasing health care costs and improving quality of end of life care. Although […]

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Washington POLST Form: New Bill Aims To Close Loophole

Medical orders for terminally ill patients and seniors in Washington state are sometimes ignored, due to a loophole that intimidates caregivers and assisted-living facilities from following the POLST form, Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment. Last week, a Senate health care committee approved a bill that would guarantee protections to caregivers who follow patients’ POLST and remedy this problem. […]

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