Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment - Patients & Families
The Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) Program is designed to improve the quality of care people receive at the end of life. MOLST is New York State's Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Paradigm Program. These programs are based on effective communication of patient wishes, documentation of medical orders on a brightly colored form, and a promise by health care professionals to honor these wishes. See if your state has a POLST Paradigm Program.
The MOLST Program
- Assists health care professionals discuss and develop treatment plans that reflect patient wishes.
- Results in the completion of the MOLST form.
- Helps physicians, nurses, health care facilities and emergency personnel honor patient wishes regarding life-sustaining treatments.
The MOLST Form
- DOH-5003 MOLST form
- A copy of the form on bright pink paper is legally valid.
- The reason to send a copy and retain the original is to prevent the original from being lost in a patient's transfer from one healthcare copy possible.
- Spanish version of the MOLST form for educational purposes ONLY.
MOLST is based on communication between the patient or decision-maker and health care professionals to ensure shared, informed medical decision-making based on the patient's goals for care. Read more about the MOLST Discussion.
In This Section
- NHDD National Healthcare Decisions Day
- Advance Care Planning
- Life-Sustaining Treatment
- Palliative Care
- Pain Management
- Caregiver Support
- Death & Dying
- Faith Based Perspectives