POLST: Planning for Life Endings - CMEZ706

POLST: Planning for Life Endings

by Dawn Demangone-Yoon, MD and Cheryl Koehl, RN, MSN
(4.6 / 187 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.00 Credits)
Physician (1.00 Credits)

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


More than two decades ago, the Patient Self-Determination Act promised more patient involvement in end-of-life treatment decisions. Unfortunately, studies have shown that current forms of advance directives have not resulted in healthcare providers' complying with patients' end-of-life choices. To address this problem, the physician orders for life-sustaining treatment (POLST) model and form are now used or in development throughout the United States. POLST documents medical orders based on a patient's current health status regarding CPR, medical interventions, and artificially administered nutrition. The POLST form is highly visible and easily located, and it accompanies a patient across all healthcare settings. Ideally, the process reflects thoughtful advance care planning conversations between patients and healthcare providers. Research is now demonstrating that the POLST model and form help patients achieve their EOL treatment preferences.


The goal of this program is to provide information for physicians, advanced practice nurses, and registered nurses about the goals of the physician orders for life-sustaining treatment program and how it can improve end-of-life care. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss how changing demographics and chronic disease are affecting EOL treatment.
  • Compare and contrast the purpose and components of an advance directive and the POLST program.
  • Discuss how the POLST program and form can help healthcare professionals honor patient choices for EOL care.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses and physicians.
Physicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at www.ContinuingEducation.com or Nurse.com. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at CEDirect.ContinuingEducation.com and search for this topic title.
Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 3/25/2014
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/7/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/7/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Maria C - Leesburg, FL  ·  Jan 28, 2020
Please highlight the important parts that will come out in the test.
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Johanna L - Miami, FL  ·  Jan 19, 2020
very good course. Very informative and straight to the point
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David B - Bonita Springs, FL  ·  Dec 10, 2019
very good course. would recommend.
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Adelita W - Haltom City, TX  ·  Oct 03, 2019
It helps with critical thinking.
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Frank C - Brick, NJ  ·  Jul 08, 2019
Great Course. Very straightforward and needed.
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Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50