NH group gets end-of-life care grant

Posted Dec. 18, 2011, at 10:37 a.m.

CONCORD, N.H. — A New Hampshire group has gotten a three-year national grant to develop and implement a new program to help people document end-of-life care decisions.

The Foundation for Healthy Communities will develop the program known as Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. The grant is funded by the Oregon Health & Science University’s Center for Ethics in Health Care. Maine also is getting a grant.

Foundation executive director Shawn LaFrance said the program enables patients to document their choices to have full treatment or decline treatment in the form of medical orders. The program seeks to overcome limits of advance directives and living wills. The directives have to be translated into medical orders and may be too vague to be useful or not available in an emergency.