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Comment & Response
June 14, 2016

Assessing Evidence for Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Programs

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Ethics in Health Care, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
  • 2Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, West Virginia University, Morgantown
  • 3School of Nursing, Indiana University, Indianapolis
JAMA. 2016;315(22):2471-2472. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.4024

To the Editor Ms Moore and colleagues1 noted that the US health care system provides many dying patients with unwanted medical interventions. They acknowledged the widespread and increasing use of the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) program and appealed for greater research about the effectiveness of POLST in supporting informed, patient-centered decision making. We agree but diverge in our views about the strength of existing evidence.

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