Advance Care Planning – What does it all mean?

business-962355_1920This month we are looking at advance directives, DNR orders, living wills, MOST, and POLST forms. If you don’t understand what all of those are, then you should definitely listen! I am joined by Drs. Ferdinando Mirarchi and Marie-Carmelle Elie who are researchers and leaders in the realm of palliative care and advance care planning.

Unfortunately, advance care planning is complicated by regional differences, policies, and differing scopes of definitions for orders. Listen for more information and ideas.

This episode is timed to coincide near April 16th which is National Healthcare Decisions Day! This exists (per their website here)  “to inspire, educate, and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.”


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  3. Guidelines for Emergency Physicians on the Interpretation of Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Therapy (POLST). Ann Emerg Med. 2017;70(1):122-125.
  4. Richardson DK, Fromme E, Zive D, Fu R, Newgard CD. Concordance of out-of-hospital and emergency department cardiac arrest resuscitation with documented end-of-life choices in Oregon. Ann Emerg Med. 2014;63(4):375-383.

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