We are pleased that Hickman et al,
1some of whom have done much of the heavy-lifting throughout the development of the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) program, offered their appraisal of our MOELI.
- Hickman S.E.
- Moss A.H.
- Steinberg K.E.
- et al.
Proposed POLST replacement creates more problems than it solves.
J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2017; 18: 1092-1093
2They question the value or feasibility of 7 of our 16 suggested changes; we hope that their silence on the remaining 9 means that they either agree with our suggestions, or at least see no major problems with their implementation. We are surprised by the tone of some of their objections, because all of our recommendations are consistent with the policies and guidelines of the National POLST Paradigm Task force (NPPTF) documents, and many of our suggestions directly implement its prescriptions. We are fully committed to the paradigm as a way to protect patient autonomy in making decisions about end-of-life (EOL) care, and we believe that the MOELI does a better job of doing so than any of the protocols currently endorsed by the NPPTF.
- Stuart R.B.
- Thielke S.
Standardizing protection of patients’ rights from POLST to MOELI (Medical Orders for End-of-Life Intervention).
J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2017; 18: 741-745
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- Proposed POLST replacement creates more problems than it solves.J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2017; 18: 1092-1093
- Standardizing protection of patients’ rights from POLST to MOELI (Medical Orders for End-of-Life Intervention).J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2017; 18: 741-745
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