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Purpose: Between June and December 2017, a multicenter prospective study was conducted to determine the benefits of Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment in oncology practice. POLST's completion and follow-up findings were investigated by factor analysis. Patients who completed POLST were more likely to enroll in hospice care or experience out-of-hospital death at end-of-life. Complete POLST completion demonstrated a strong correlation with hospice enrollment at EOL. Conclusions POLST has been associated with POLST completion, including gender, patient quality, timing of POLST investigation, and the type of household. POLST's earlier discussions may have helped with hospice registration or non-aggressive EOL services.
Source link: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-022-07143-x
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