POLST and Religion

Recommendations on End of Life Planning
POLST is called LaPOST in this video because it refers to the Louisiana POLST Program, LaPOST.

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In his address to the European members of the World Medical Association in November 2017, Pope Francis made a statement emphasizing the importance of having a conversation to determine the appropriate treatments for patients near the end of life and that there is no requirement that every means available must be used to prolong their lives.  Read here for more information:

POLST Philosophical Principles


Cataldo PJ and EL Bedford. 2015. Prospective Medical-Moral Decision Making. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 15(1):53-61 Read online (limited access)

From the Catholic Health Association of the United States:


Advance Directives: Expressing Your Health Care Wishes

The Catholic Health Association of the United States released this guide on advance care planning that provides a clear explanation of advance directives and their importance in ensuring that patients receive wanted treatment, and emphasizes that all adults should have an advance directive. In addition, the guide explains Catholic teaching on advance directives and provides step-by-step advice for individuals who are interested in recording their wishes.

Along with advance directives, the guide provides information on the POLST process. There is an explanation on the differences between POLST forms and advance directives, as well as an explanation of Catholic perspectives on POLST.  Critically, the guide states that the POLST form and process are consistent with Catholic moral teachings.