Chronic Disease Self-Management Program - More Sessions Starting Soon!
The Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions Workshop is The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) which was developed by Stanford University. It is a workshop given two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks, in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals. People with different chronic health problems attend together. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with a chronic diseases themselves.
The purpose of the CDSMP is to enable participants to build self-confidence to assume a major role in maintaining their health and managing their chronic health conditions. The CDSMP is an evidence-based health promotion program developed by Stanford University.
Topics covered include: 1) techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, 3) appropriate use of medications, 4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, 5) nutrition, and, 6) how to evaluate new treatments.
Each participant in the workshop receives access to a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions, 3rd Edition, and an audio relaxation tape or CD, Time for Healing* in class (any relaxation tape or CD of their own choosing can be listened to outside of class).
It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it effective. Classes are highly participatory, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. On average, people who have participated in the CDSMP have more energy; experience less pain, less dependence on others, and improved mental health; are more involved in everyday activities, and are more satisfied with their lives, compared to those who have not participated in the program.
Does the Program replace existing programs and treatments?
CDSMP will not conflict with existing programs or treatment. It is designed to enhance regular treatment and disease-specific education. The program gives participants the skills to coordinate all the things needed to manage their health, as well as to help them remain, or become active again, in their lives.