Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)

CDSMP is an effective self-management education program for people with chronic health problems. It is designed to enhance regular treatment and disease-specific education such as Better Breathers, cardiac rehabilitation, diabetes instruction, etc. This program was developed at Stanford University. CDSMP workshops are held in community settings and meet 2 to 2-1/2 hours per week for 6 weeks. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with a chronic disease themselves. This program covers topic such as: techniques to deal with problems associated with chronic disease, appropriate exercise, appropriate use of medications, communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, nutrition, and, how to evaluate new treatments. Participants who took CDSMP demonstrated significant improvements in exercise, communication with physicians, self-reported general health, health distress, fatigue, disability, social/role activities limitations, and quality of life.