To Download a Copy of the California POLST Form Effective 2016 versions available soon!
POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) is a form that states what kind of medical treatment patients want toward the end of their lives. Printed on bright pink paper, and signed by both a doctor and patient, POLST helps give seriously ill patients more control over their end-of-life care.
Members of the Coalition are available free of charge to present to professionals, or civic and community organizations on the proper use of the POLST form, and how it differs from other advance directives. Use the contact us form on this site to request a speaker. Please give us as much information about your event as possible.
There is a great deal more information for families and professionals available on our parent organization's website: AB 637 now allows NP and PA's to sign POLST forms beginning January 1, 2016.
This 12-minute video provides a detailed look at the POLST form and how it works in a community as a patient is transferred between health care settings. The video is designed for health care providers, but can also be helpful for consumers wishing to learn more about POLST.
A demonstration of the doctor/patient POLST conversation.
CA POLST is helping honor patients wishes for treatment.
Your Guide to POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment)
Health care decisions: life-sustaining treatment.