Nursing's perspective on improving communication about nursing home residents' preferences for medical treatments at end of life

Virginia P. Tilden, Christine A. Nelson, Patrick M. Dunn, Maggie Donius, Susan W. Tolle

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Oregon has developed a concise, 1-page medical order form, now widely used in nursing homes and hospice programs throughout the state, that conveys individual preferences for life-sustaining treatments or comfort-oriented treatments at the end of life. This article describes nursing's role in the multidisciplinary development, refinement, testing and implementation of the form and briefly summarizes results from descriptive research that demonstrated the effectiveness of the POLST in a nursing home sample.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-115
Number of pages7
JournalNursing outlook
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000


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  • Nursing(all)

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