Massachusetts Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment

Description: The Massachusetts Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) site is a free website that provides forms, explanations, and implementation tools for patients, families, and clinicians in several languages. This site promotes a standard way to communicate, document, and honor the preferences of the patient with advanced illness.

AACN Domain(s): Clinical Judgement; Communication; Compassionate Care; Ethics

Format: Website

Audience: Graduate Level; Practicing Nurses

Cost: Free

Tips and Suggestions: Accessing and using this site can be used as an activity within all levels of nursing education, as well as staff nurse training. It is important for nurses to recognize the role of MOLSTs, who would benefit from the completion of a MOLST, and how to complete the forms. For example, have students complete a MOLST with their preceptor about a patient they have gotten to know over several visits.

Citation: Massachusetts Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. https://www.molst-ma.org/. Accessed November 1, 2022.