Can a One-page Form Help Facilitate End-of-Life Discussions?

Posted on March 14, 2012 by


Citizens in Iowa will have some help discussing their wishes related to end-of-life care with their physicians. A law that goes into effect July 1 creates a new document, the IPOST or Iowa Physician’s Order for Scope of Treatment, intended to facilitate discussion of patient preferences and govern physicians’ responses. With numerous studies suggesting patients often want to discuss their options but don’t feel encouraged to do so, this seems like progress.

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