The ACT Program is built around the MVP “Stool” model for organizing and guiding serious illness conversations.
The two components of this model are:
- MVP Steps –> Medical situation, Values, Plan
- EEE Skills –> Empower, be Explicit, Empathize
The MVP Steps provide a framework for structuring a serious illness conversation while each of the “three E” Skills are used to support effective communication and relationship-building within each of the three MVP Steps.
There is a lot to unpack within the MVP model! For a deeper dive into this communication model, see MVP–Medical Situation, Values, and Plan: A Memorable and Useful Model for All Serious Illness Conversations