Professor Robert Schwartz will describe the development of POLSTs in California and elsewhere and the relationship of these relatively new end-of-life decision-making instruments to other medical orders and to advance directives. He will evaluate the reasons that these documents are so popular among patients, families, and, especially, health care providers. The discussion should shed some light on whether POLSTs really do serve the purposes of protection of patient autonomy that we had hoped would be served by advance directives, or whether requiring physicians to sign off on patients' decisions undermines that autonomy.
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About the Speaker:
Robert Schwartz, JD
Senior Visiting Professor, UC Hastings
Weihofen Professor Emeritus, University of New Mexico
An audio-recording of the event is available here.