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Chronic diseases/conditions are those that cannot be cured by medicine and last a long time. Common examples include diabetes, heart disease, COPD, asthma, arthritis, and fibromyalgia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that 133 million Americans live with one more chronic conditions. Additionally, 7 out of every 10 deaths in the U.S. are due to chronic diseases.

In an attempt to reduce the burden of chronic disease and the associated costs to our health care system, Stanford University developed a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program(CDSMP). Stanford reports,

    “Subjects who took the Program, when compared to those who did not, demonstrated significant 
    improvements in exercise, cognitive symptom management, communication with physicians,
    self-reported general health, health distress, fatigue, disability, and social/role activities
    limitations. They also spent fewer days in the hospital and there was also a trend toward fewer
    outpatient visits and hospitalizations. These data yield a cost-to-savings ratio of approximately
    1:10. Many of these results persist for as long as three years.”

Live Like Your Life Depends On It: Chronic Disease Self Management Program(CDSMP)

A chronic disease is a condition that cannot be cured with medication and lasts for a long time. The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a workshop given in two-and-a-half-hour sessions, once a week for six weeks, in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals. This program was developed by Stanford University and has been proven effective for helping individuals manage chronic conditions. People with different chronic health issues attend together. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with chronic conditions themselves.

Some subjects covered during the course include:
  • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
  • Nutrition
  • Evaluating new treatments
Each participant in the workshop receives a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions, 3rd Edition. It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it effective. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

 Registration is required. Please call 816-595-4241 & we will refer you to a class in the area.

Learn more about the program

During the Chronic Disease Self-Management course, participants utilize the Action Plan Tool which helps breakdown goals into small, doable tasks.  Try out this worksheet to get a taste of making an action plan.  (The Action Plan Tool is available on page 28 of Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, 3rd Edition, (C) Bull Publishing, 2006.  Posted with permission.)

View Action Plan Tool
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