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The Washington POLST Clinician Toolkit

The Washington POLST Clinician Toolkit

Best Practices To Ensure Person-Centered Care

Honoring Choices® Pacific Northwest published the Washington POLST Clinician Toolkit in August 2021. The toolkit helps physicians, physician assistants, and other members of the health care team apply best practices and create clear and meaningful medical orders that honor an individual’s goals and preferences.

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. After 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:

  • Describe new resources that physicians, advanced practitioners, and other members of the health care team can use to promote advance care planning, hold goals-of-care conversations, and complete POLST.
  • Outline who should be offered a POLST, how to apply clinical decision-making to know when and how to offer POLST, how to avoid pitfalls in the clinical use of POLST, and how to ensure a POLST reflects a person’s goals.
  • Explain how to use a goals-of-care conversation in conjunction with the POLST Completion Guide to provide whole-person care and ensure people with serious illness receive care that is consistent with their values and goals.

CME information

Release date: August 12, 2021.

Reviewed: April 25, 2023.

Expiration date: August 11, 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 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for up to 1 hour of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.


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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