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In September, National POLST announced the release of the first National POLST form, a form guide for professionals, and two patient guides to help patients prepare for the conversation and a more detailed explanation of the form. This form represents a major step towards national consensus on the POLST form—and is the product of almost two years of interviews, consensus building, feedback, compromise and iterative versions of the form and patient guides.

As more states adopt the National POLST form, the acceptance and understanding of POLST can become standard. Arizona and Maine are the first two states to have adopted it. Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Utah are all currently considering it. For more information, please click here.

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