End-of-Life Care

Read Our Report:

End-of-Life Care Report and Recommendations  (Adopted November 2014)

Patients often do not receive the care they and their families want at the end of life. Conversations between patients and their families or caregivers and between patients, families and their physicians or other providers increases the likelihood that patient wishes are honored at the end of life. Writing these wishes down using an advance directive further increases the likelihood.

The final report has five focus areas, to increase:

  • Awareness of advance care planning, advance directives, and POLST in Washington State
  • The number of people who participate in advance care planning in the clinical and community settings
  • The number of people who record their wishes and goals for end-of-life care using documents that: accurately represent their values; are easily understandable by all readers including family members, friends, and health care providers; and can be acted upon in the health care setting
  • The accessibility of completed advance directives and POLST for health systems and providers
  • The likelihood that a patient’s end-of-life care choices are honored

The workgroup met from January 2014 to November 2014.

Supporting Materials:

Letter from Health Care Authority Accepting End-of-Life Care Report and Recommendations
End-of-Life Care Public Comment Summary
Workgroup Charter

The Washington State Medical Association’s Know Your Choices Campaign

Honoring Choices: Pacific Northwest

 Workgroup Members

Member Title Organization
Anna Ahrens Director of Patient and Family Support Services MultiCare Health System
J. Randall Curtis MD, MPH Professor of Medicine, Director University of Washington Palliative Care Center of Excellence
Trudy James Chaplain Heartwork
Bree Johnston MD Medical Director, Palliative Care PeaceHealth
Abbi Kaplan Principal Abbi Kaplan Company
Timothy Melhorn MD Internist Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital (YVMH) and the Memorial Foundation
Joanne Roberts MD Chief Medical Officer, NMR Administration Providence Everett Regional Medical Center
John Robinson MD (Chair) Chief Medical Officer First Choice Health
Bruce Smith MD (Vice Chair) Associate Medical Director, Strategy Deployment Group Health Physicians
Richard Stuart DSW Clinical Professor Emeritus, Psychiatry University of Washington