Roman Catholic leaders in the U.S. are debating the wording and timing of the use of physician orders for life-sustaining treatment, or POLST, forms in the contest of the church's teaching on end-of-life care. Some experts worry the forms could conflict with the church directives on patient nutrition and hydration. In New Jersey, Catholic HealthCare Partnership President Sister Pat Codey said the forms are a framework to help reflect patients' values.

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