Patients can express their preferences as to the health care measures they would want - or wouldn't want - if they have a terminal or incapacitating injury or illness through the use of an Advance Directive. This form, together with instructions for its completion can be found at www.oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/shiba/topics/Pages/advancedirectives.aspx.
POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment)
Even if you have an advance directive, experts recommend this form, filled out by your doctor in consultation with you. Developed by the Center for Ethics in Health Care at Oregon Health & Science University, it helps doctors, nurses, paramedics and hospitals honor your wishes regarding life-sustaining treatment. For information, visit www.ohsu.edu/polst.