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Nurse Practitioners Play Important Role In Patient-Centered Care At The End Of Life

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View Archive Not all states allow nurse practitioners to make a patient’s treatment wishes part of their medical record, yet a six-year study concludes that they can improve seriously ill patients’ access to advance-care planning, according to a press release from Oregon Health & Science University, a research university and Oregon’s only public academic health center. Nurse practitioners often serve as the primary care provider or a member of the team caring for patients in last months of their lives when they are most likely to seek end-of-life treatment counseling. The study — led by OHSU in Portland, Oregon, and published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine today — found that nearly 25,000, or about 11 percent, of the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms submitted between 2010 and 2015 in Oregon were completed by an advanced practice registered nurse.

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