New form adds some teeth to end-of-life care preferences
from USA Today
Legislators and advocates in a growing number of states are promoting an end-of-life document they believe will improve the medical treatment of patients who cannot communicate their wishes. The POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) Paradigm, which takes a step beyond an advance directive by creating medical orders based on a patient's wishes for end-of-life treatment, also has critics, who say it is too susceptible to abuse.
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