Toolkit to Increase Provider Knowledge, Comfort, and Adoption of POLST: Portable Medical Orders in a Primary Care Setting.

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Date: Apr. 2022
From: Journal of Nursing Care Quality(Vol. 37, Issue 2)
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, WK Health
Document Type: Brief article
Length: 150 words

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Byline: Amalia Gedney-Lose, College of Nursing, University of Iowa, Iowa City.; Linda Liu Hand; Ann Marie McCarthy Abstract BACKGROUND: POLST--Portable Medical Orders--abbreviated as POLST, is a nationwide initiative to help providers document and meet a patient's end-of-life wishes. PROBLEM: Provider completion of POLST documents in primary care can promote continuity and implementation of patient preferences at the end of life in community-dwelling adults. Educating and providing a clinical process to support POLST use may improve implementation. APPROACH: A POLST toolkit was developed for primary care providers with measurement of knowledge, comfort, and likelihood of use with pre- and postsurvey data collection. The POLST toolkit was used to engage primary care providers in an educational session to enhance understanding and increased utilization. OUTCOMES: Providers reported increased knowledge, self-reported comfort, and likelihood of using POLST documents. CONCLUSIONS: Utilization of a POLST toolkit, with an educational component, improved provider interest in POLST implementation.

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