MOLST Information and Tools

MOLST Information and Tools

Here is information, tools and discussion guides for consumers and care providers to get started on health care planning and MOLST discussions. Using the same Massachusetts-based language and tools, consumers and care providers can explore meaningful and effective discussions. Check back often as we'll post new items throughout our year-long initiative.

1."Who's Your Agent?" Program

For Consumers and Care Providers

“Who’s Your Agent?  is the first public health education and engagement program to help Massachusetts adults open the door to health care planning discussions and receive person-centered care all through your life.


Consumers can get started with these do-it-yourself tool kits below. Care providers can help patients and clients to start a planning discussion using the "Getting Started Tool Kit", and build on planning discussions and choices for quality care with the "Next Steps Tool Kit". Click below to download free tool kits and 3 discussion guides for effective discussions at every phase of health.


Getting Started Tool Kit

Next Steps Tool Kit

"5 Things To Talk About ..."

This is a series of 4 handy discussion guides for consumers & care providers. The guides mirror the talking points for the consumer and care provider for a more known & routine discussion you can build on over time. The series includes: 1. Make a Plan- Goals of Care Discussion; 2. Managing Chronic Illness Discussion; 3. Living with Serious Illness Discussion; and 4. Palliative Care Discussion


To download the free guides, click here:

For Consumers: "5 Things To Talk about With Your Care Providers"

For Care Providers: "5 Things to Talk About With Your Patients & Clients"

2. Serious Illness Conversation Guide

For Care Providers

Ariadne Lab's "Serious Illness Conversation Guide" helps clinicians and care professionals talk with patients and their families about living with serious advancing illness. The Guide helps care professionals "elicit important information from your patients about their goals and values: setting up the conversation, assessing the patient’s illness understanding and information preferences, sharing prognosis, exploring key topics, and closing and documenting the conversation."

Read more about Serious Illness Care here.

Download the "Serious Illness Conversation Guide" here.

3. Join the Ariadne Labs "Community of Practice"

For Care Providers

The Serious Illness Care Community of Practice is a private space for collaboration between interdisciplinary teams implementing the Serious Illness Care Program at their institutions. This virtual community provides implementation support through peer mentoring, sharing of experiences and lessons learned, downloadable materials, videos, and webinars. To join, go to, click the Register button to complete the registration, and then select to join the Serious Illness Care Community of Practice. If you are encountering issues while attempting to join the community, please contact us at:

Join the  Serious Illness Care Community of Practice here.

4. The Conversation Project Starter Kits

For Consumers and Care Providers

The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. They offer their Conversation Starter Kits "as a useful tool to help people have conversations with their family members or other loved ones about their wishes regarding end-of-life care." They offer several starter kits in multiple languages.

Download the free Conversation Project Starter Kits here.