Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)
About the program: The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) is a workshop for adults with at least one chronic health condition, which may include arthritis. It focuses on disease management skills including decision making, problem-solving, and action planning.
This interactive program aims to increase:
- Physical and psychological well-being.
- Knowledge of ways to manage chronic conditions.
- Motivation to manage challenges associated with chronic diseases.
- Adults with arthritis.
- Adults with one or more chronic conditions.
- Older adults.
- Interactive educational activities like discussions, brain storming, practice of action-planning and feedback, behavior modeling, problem-solving techniques, and decision making.
- Also includes symptom management activities like exercise, relaxation, communication, healthy eating, medication management, and managing fatigue.
Setting: Community/ Group-based workshop.
Suggested class size: Between 10 and 16 participants.
Duration: Participants meet for two hours once a week, for six weeks.
- Participant costs: Varies, but rarely more than $50 per participant.
- Leader/ Host Costs:
- Two leaders per workshop. These leaders can either be two peer health leaders or one health professional and one peer leader. At least one of the leaders should have a chronic condition.
- Leaders must be trained by the Self-Management Resource Center either in the San Francisco Bay Area or locally by a certified master trainer. Each training is four and a half days and taught in English or Spanish.
- A license purchased from the Self-Management Resource Centerexternal icon renewed every three years.
- A community space that’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible, with enough space for leaders, participants, flip charts, a white board, and comfortable chairs.
- Equipment: flip charts, markers, and a music player.