Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

A community-based workshop to help people manage their ongoing health conditions. This interactive workshop is designed to improve individual’s self-management skills. Different subject matter is taught each week with an overall goal of improved health and fewer sick days.

What topics are covered?

  • Nutrition
  • Appropriate Exercise
  • Communicating Effectively with Family, Friends and Health Care Providers
  • Appropriate Use of Medications
  • Pain and Fatigue Management
  • Relaxation Skills
  • Dealing with Depression
  • Decision Making
  • Action Planning and Problem Solving

Who can attend?

This interactive and participatory program is for adults who are living with a chronic disease. Examples of a chronic condition include (but are not limited to) hypertension, arthritis, chronic pain, COPD, congestive health failure, diabetes, kidney disease and/or any other condition that affects one’s quality of life. Caregivers and family members are welcome at the workshops and are encouraged to participate as well.

Does the program replace existing programs and treatments?

The program does not replace existing programs or treatment. In fact, the classes enhance those provided through accredited programs often provided in hospital settings. Treatment is not altered. For medical questions, participants are referred to their physicians. If the content of the course conflicts with instructions they receive elsewhere, they are advised to follow their physicians’ orders and discuss discrepancies with their doctor.

What can I expect from the class?

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program was written and researched by Stanford University and is now part of the Self Management Resource Center.

Outcomes of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program include improved health literacy, patient activation for self-management, increased physical activity, and improvement in: depression, unhealthy physical days, medication compliance, better health outcomes (reduced fatigue, pain, shortness of breath, stress, and sleep problems), fewer sick days, and reduced Emergency Department and hospitalization.

Details of the program

Different subject matters are taught over the course of 6 weekly, 2 ½ hour sessions all focused to help each participant cope with their chronic disease. Physicians and other health professionals at Stanford University have reviewed all materials in the course. Workshops are led by two trained lay leaders and are held in community settings (libraries, community centers, churches, housing units, etc.) for 10-16 individuals. Textbooks are provided for each participant to use as a resource throughout the workshop (voluntary donations are accepted, up to $25 – the cost of the book and relaxation CD). Participants are encouraged to attend all 6 sessions. Participants enjoy sharing experiences and provide mutual support to each other.

Call 410-386-3818 or email LivingHealthy@carrollcountymd.gov for more information!