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These documents are appropriate for patients who both are seriously ill and have a life expectancy of less than one year.  Several states offer MOST/POST documents as an addition to other documents concerning one's healthcare in the final stages of life.  You are not required to have a MOST/POST document, but it is advisable to have one to ensure quality care during the last phases of your life. 

The MOST/POST document is flexible because it is recognized by any health care provider and health care providers at any level or any location.  It is important because the MOST/POST is consulted when you are unable to make decisions regarding your healthcare in the final stages of life. 

It's important to remember that a POST/MOST document does not take the place of a Living Will or a Health Care Power of Attorney document.  However, a MOST/POST document is still advisable to have because the guidelines for your healthcare are communicated by you through the document, and it is in a format that healthcare providers recognize.

Before you issue your MOST/POST, you should have a qualified physician review and approve your document.  You must also consent to the MOST/POST before any step outlined in the document can occur.  

States that support this program have different information and requirements needed to acquire a MOST/POST form.  You should check with your state's healthcare program to see if they provide this resource, and if so, what you will need to get a MOST/POST.  The states that provide online information are listed below.  You can also visit Center for Ethics in Health Care, Oregon Health & Science University, for more information about the program.

New York
North Carolina
West Virginia

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