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
The webinar recording will take one hour to complete.
Evaluation & credit claim
Please complete this
after viewing the recorded webinar. Once you complete the evaluation, you
will be directed to a credit claim form and a printable certificate for
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
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.
Release date: October 25, 2021.
Reviewed: April 25, 2023
Expiration date: October 24, 2024.
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
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.