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Washington POLST: Best Practices and Practical Tips for Conversation

Washington POLST: Best Practices and Practical Tips for Conversation


Sharmon Figenshaw, ARNP, WA POLST Task Force co-chair and Honoring Choices PNW clinical advisor, outlines best practices for effective use of POLST and provides communication techniques and a framework for holding goals of care conversations. Participants will be able to guide an individual in treatment options that match their stated goals, values, and preferences and ultimately complete a POLST form that accurately and consistently reflects a patient’s choices for end-of-life care.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. 

(Originally recorded on October 22, 2021)

How to participate and obtain CME credit

To participate in this activity, you must read the objectives, watch the webinar recording, and complete the evaluation. The webinar recording will take one hour to complete.

Evaluation & credit claim

Please complete this evaluation after viewing the recorded webinar. Once you complete the evaluation, you will be directed to a credit claim form and a printable certificate for your records.

Learning objectives

After completing the activity, learners should be able to:

  • Outline best practices for effective use of POLST.
  • Use communication techniques and a framework to hold goals of care conversations.
  • Guide an individual in treatment options that match their stated goals, values, and preferences.
  • Complete a POLST form that accurately and consistently reflects a patient’s choices for end-of-life care.

CME information

Release date: October 25, 2021.

Expiration date: October 24, 2022.

The Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The WSMA designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure

The content of this activity is not related to products or services of an ACCME-defined commercial interest; therefore no one in control of content has a relevant financial relationship to disclose and there is no potential for conflicts of interest.

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