Description: A program to assist participants with maintaining an active and fulfilling life when faced with chronic medical conditions.
Curriculum/program overview: The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) is a community-based program which assists participants in maintaining quality of life when faced with chronic medical conditions. The CDSMP is provided in two-and-a-half-hour-long sessions, once a week for six weeks, in community settings (e.g., senior centers, churches, libraries). People with different chronic health problems attend together. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom deal with chronic diseases themselves. Subjects 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. 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.
Contact person: Candy Gabel & Susan Mills-Gray
Evaluation tool: extension.missouri.edu/hes/evaluation/evaluationforms.htm
Sample report: CDSMP Annual Report Template
Fee information: $0, Grant funded by Arthritis Program