The National POLST Paradigm is a voluntary approach to end-of-life planning that emphasizes eliciting, documenting and honoring the treatment preferences of seriously ill or frail individuals using a portable medical order called a POLST Form. If a seriously ill or frail patient wants to use a POLST form, his/her health care professional will complete it after talking with the patient about his/her diagnosis, prognosis, treatment options, and goals of care. In the event of a medical emergency, when time is of the essence for medical decision-making, the POLST Form serves as an immediately available and recognizable order set in a standardized format. Emergency personnel follow the POLST form medical orders to provide treatments the patient wanted during an emergency, potentially avoiding unwanted hospitalizations and emergency department visits.
Vision and Mission
Our vision: Adoption of the POLST Paradigm by all states, resulting in consistency of process, improved patient care and greater patient control and direction over medical treatments they receive.
Our mission: Promoting the rights of seriously ill or frail patients to make informed decisions about medical treatments and to have those preferences honored by health care professionals by advancing the POLST Paradigm through sustainable quality assurance, education, state efforts, and national leadership.