Upholding the Dignity of Human Life ~ A Pastoral Statement on POLST

Upholding the Dignity of Human Life

POLST is a preset form that establishes medical orders to withhold or administer treatments. These documents are also referred to by other names, such as Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST) or Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST). Because this document is a medical order, indications regarding treatment become effective as soon as the form is signed by a health practitioner.

What are the concerns and alternatives for Catholics?

Due to the serious and real threats to the dignity of human life that POLST and all similar documents present, we encourage all Catholics to avoid using all such documents, programs, and materials. The POLST form should not be regarded as the standard model for designating treatment preferences..

A Pastoral Statement on POLST.pdf

For a greater analysis of care and treatment issues, please see  Now and at the Hour of Our Death.pdf which is available courtesy of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference.

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