Clinical Ethics

May 16, 2013


POLST (an acronym for “Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment”) is a new kind of advanced medical decision-making document ostensibly designed to improve communication and decision-making, especially at the end of life. POLST is spreading rapidly across the United States as a result of a concerted campaign. The Catholic Medical Association published a White Paper on... Read More

September 5, 2012


When to Recommend a PEG Tube: A Decision Tree for Clinicans from a Catholic Perspective The question of assisted nutrition and hydration often presents great challenges not only for patients and families, but also for physicians. Catholic moral teaching can be of great help to all people of good will in meeting this challenge. An... Read More