Posted on September 10, 2018 at 10:52 AM
The new issue of the ASCO Post includes my latest law and ethics in oncology column: "Expanding the Use of Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment for Patients With Advanced Cancer."
A key component of advance care planning for some patients is the Provider Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) directive, which encourages providers to speak with patients about their end-of-life treatment preferences and creates specific medical orders to be honored during a medical crisis. But POLST remains underutilized by oncologists with their advanced cancer patients.
Here, we provide some recommendations on how oncologists should take advantage of POLST to help patients improve their end-of-life care.