Make It Your Choice: Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST)
Whatever your preference for the type of care you would want during a critical medical event, you should be able to make it known to your healthcare providers. That’s what a “Medical Orders For Life-Sustaining Treatment”, (or a MOLST), in Massachusetts does for you. A MOLST is a medical order form, (similar to a prescription), that relays instructions between health professionals about a patient’s care. It is based on individuals’ right to accept or refuse medical treatment, including treatment that might extend life.
Whether it should be an unexpected diagnosis in the prime of life or a parent with dementia, our healthcare providers need to know our desires for the amount and type of treatment we want to be provided. Sometimes a health care proxy is not enough. Come and enjoy a brunch while you hear Dr. Stacey Batista, MD and Dr. Brita Lundberg, MD from Boston Health Advocates, LLC, (which advocates for individuals and families in times of unexpected, complex or long-term illness), explain what a MOLST is; who should be putting one in place; and how to establish one.