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Improving Patient-Physician Communication About End-of-Life Care, Is Virginia Ready for POST?

University of Virginia. School of Medicine
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Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST) is an initiative gaining acceptance across the country as a way for patients and families to ensure that care at the end of life is not only consistent with a patient's preferences, as expressed in a treating physician's orders, but also is consistent throughout the health care system, including across institutional boundaries. A completed POST form is an instrument that travels with the patient from one health care setting to another, as, for instance, from a nursing home to a hospital, and should be honored in all venues. Unlike traditional advance directives, POST is a physician's order, and is to be followed as such. Implementing POST is a process being handled state by state, with Oregon in the lead. In Virginia, pilot studies are underway in different regions of the Commonwealth and different hospital systems, with different forms and protocols. What's happening with POST in Central Virginia and at UVA? Are all of us-patients, physicians and other clinicians, and administrators alike-ready for POST? A John F. Anderson Memorial Lecture Co-presented with the UVA Medical Center's Office of Patient/Family Education and Communication and the Compassionate Care Initiative, School of Nursing
University of Virginia. School of Medicine
Mohrmann, Margaret E., 1948-
Pole, Laura
Pile, Christopher
Shepard, Lois
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
Medical Center Hour
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