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MOLST [Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment]


MOLST [Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment] is a medical form that may be used when a seriously ill person wishes to express preferences about life-sustaining medical treatments. MOLST (Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) is part of a national program. It advocates effective communication of patient wishes and documentation of them on a brightly colored detailed order sheet that health care providers should honor.


MOLST is intended for voluntary use by patients of any age who are nearing the end of life due to serious advancing medical conditions, including life-threatening diseases, chronic progressive diseases, life-threatening injuries or medical frailty. When completed and signed by the patient (or authorized representative) and the clinician, the patient’s MOLST form constitutes an actionable medical order that can be recognized and honored across health care settings in Massachusetts.