Changes Over Time in the Oregon POLST Registry

Dana M. Zive et al., 2018;

Background: The Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) began in Oregon in 1993 and has since spread nationally and internationally.

Objectives: Describe and compare demographics and POLST orders in two decedent cohorts: deaths in 2010–2011 (Cohort 1) and in 2015–2016 (Cohort 2).

Design: Descriptive retrospective study.

Setting/Subjects: Oregon decedents with an active form in the Oregon POLST Registry.

Measurements: Oregon death records were matched with POLST orders. Descriptive analysis and logistic regression models assess differences between the cohorts.

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