ACT Publications

MVP–Medical Situation, Values, and Plan: A Memorable and Useful Model for All Serious Illness ConversationsMedial, Values, Plan and Empower, be Explicit, Empathize explained!

Re-ACT: Remote Advanced Communication Training in a Time of Crisis – These short (30-60 minute) remote synchronous sessions were offered in April 2020 as the UR Medicine system was preparing for the anticipated COVID wave.

The Palliative Care Education Curriculum: A Novel Collaboration Between Palliative Care Educators and Training Programs to Create Customized Palliative Care Education Curriculum Custom-Made for Individual Programs (FR216A) – Presented at the 2023 Annual Assembly of AAHPM. This has generated interest from around the country and we expect that the related manuscript will be published in 2023.

Primary Palliative Care Education Programs: Review and Characterization – Dr. Carroll and colleagues from Vanderbilt performed a systematic review of primary palliative care educations programs across the country…via Google

Relationship and the Effectiveness of Primary Palliative Care Education – Dr. Carroll reflects on an experience he had with a patient and his family and the importance of considering pre-existing patient-clinician relationships when thinking about primary palliative care education.

Primary Palliative Care Education: A Pilot Survey – This unique survey compared: What do non-palliative care specialists want in terms of primary palliative care education?…with: What do palliative care specialists think non-palliative care specialists need? The results were interesting and in part helped launch the ACT Program itself!

Advance Care Planning in Older Patients With Acute Myeloid Leukemia and Myelodysplastic Syndromes – Collaboration among the ACT Program and Dr. Loh (and colleagues!) and Ariadne Labs to introduce our malignant hematology colleagues to the Serious Illness Conversation Guide.

The In-Between Conversations: What Do We Talk About the Day After a Big Discussion? – Dr. Carroll and colleagues from Vanderbilt, Dr. El-Sourady and Dr. Martin, provide some suggestions for how to effectively and compassionately talk to patients “In-Between” the “Big” conversations.

Novel Computational Linguistic Measures, Dialogue System and the Development of SOPHIE: Standardized Online Patient for Healthcare Interaction Education – Thanks to a connection made via Dr. Ron Epstein, Dr. Carroll has teamed with Dr. Ehsan  Hoque to help develop SOPHIE (Standardized Online Patient for Healthcare Interaction Education) with the ultimate goal of providing a unique on-demand, low-cost, and effective communication training resource. For more info see here.

Selected ACT-Related publications by our friends and colleagues

A Scoping Review of Palliative Care for Adults with Huntington’s Disease: Current Practice and Future Directions by Maie El-Sourady, Sara Martin, Hong-Nei Wong, Thomas Carroll

Physician Communication Coaching: How Psychologists can Elevate Skills and Support Resident Education, Professionalism, and Well-being by Dr. Garroway et al. You can also check out Dr. Garroway’s intro video here.

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