Since its inception, POLST has been increasingly recognized as a best practice for achieving patient-centric care, ensuring an individual’s goals, needs and values are honored in medically serious conditions. Various medical, legal, and religious entities have made their support of POLST clear by publishing statements on behalf of their organizations.
Resolutions Supporting POLST
- The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA)
- American Medical Association
- American College of Emergency Physicians:
- Guidelines for Emergency Physicians on POLST (PDF, 2017).
- American Bar Association
- Recommendation regarding POLST (PDF, 2008).
- American Association of Family Physicians
- Ethics and Advance Planning for End-of-Life Care Policy (updated 2020).
Other Support for POLST
- The Pew Charitable Trusts
- Improving End-of-Life Care (2015)
- National Association of Social Workers
- Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine)
- Dying in America report (PDF, 2014)
- Public Policy Institute report (PDF, 2011)
- Catholic Health Association
- Ethical Currents publication (PDF, 2010)