Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST):Honoring Patientsí Wishes for Treatment

Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST):Honoring Patientsí Wishes for Treatment

First Aired: 2/4/2010

Length: 47 minutes


POLST: Patientsí wishes for end of life treatment.
 
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POLST is a program which allows patients to choose among very specific types of lifesaving treatments for themselves, in advance of actual need. In this first segment, Dr. James Mittleberger, a geriatrician and palliatiative care specialist discusses CA POLST program and its implications with Judy Citko, JD, the Executive Director of the California Coalition for Compassionate Care. The second segment shows CA POLST in action, how the patientsí wishes follow them through the healthcare system. The last segment , Dr. Jeff Yee models how physicians have the POLST conversation with a patient.
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